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Differentiated Instruction

Principles of a Differentiated Classroom

from The Differentiated Classroom by Carol Ann Tomlinson

The teacher is clear about what matters in subject matter.

The teacher understands, appreciates, and builds upon student differences.

Assessment and instruction are inseparable.

The teacher adjusts content, process, and product in response to student readiness, interests, and learning profile.

All students participate in respectful work.

Students and teachers are collaborators in learning.

Goals of a differentiated classroom are maximum growth and individual success.

Flexibility is the hallmark of a differentiated classroom.

Differentiation Resources

Differentiating Instruction -ASCD Resources Contains brief overview of topic, links to articles and books, and some short video clips.

Reconcilable Differences? Standards-Based Teaching and Differentiation by Carol Ann Tomlinson Article originally published in Educational Leadership.

Differentiated Instruction - ENC Resources Focus on science and math. Extensive bibiliography.

Instructional and Management Strategies to Support Differentiation- MCPS Division of Enriched and Innovative Instruction Excellent site with many PowerPoint presentations on related topics.

Differentiating Instruction For Advanced Learners In the Mixed-Ability MS Classroom Carol Ann Tomlinson article from ERIC.

Teaching in Mixed-ability Classrooms Mary Anne Hess article.

Brain Resources

12 Design Principles Based on Brain-based Learning Research By Jeffery A. Lackney, Ph.D

Learning Styles and Multiple Intelligences

Learning Styles Database MCPS online learning styles inventory. MCPS schools should contact David Kreisberg prior to having students use the software if they would like an extract of school data.

The Brain and Learning ASCD Education Topics includes links to articles and brief video clips.

How Can Research on the Brain Inform Education? SEDL article.

From Brain-Based Research to Powerful Learning Article and 9 minute streaming video about how a school in Florida applies brain theory.

Students Who Know Their Own Minds Article and streaming video.

High School with All Kinds of Minds Internet radio show - Gateway HS, San Francisco: Founding board chair Lisille Matheson, principal Sharon Olken, and biology teacher Michael Fuller discuss the curriculum and instruction at this charter high school, which supports students with many learning styles and is based on Dr. Mel Levine's All Kinds of Minds program.


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