Differentiation Strategies In The Primary Classroom

Instructor: Elizabeth Hemmons

Beth has taught early childhood education, including students with special needs, for the past 11 years. She has a bachelor's degree in Elementary Education.

Meeting the needs of diverse learners can be challenging. In this lesson, we will look at some practical differentiation strategies that can be used for a variety of lessons in the primary classroom.

Differentiation Strategies in the Primary Classroom

Are you ever overwhelmed when you think about meeting the needs of every student in your classroom? Every student is an individual with a specific set of strengths, weaknesses, and learning styles. Some students have special needs or are gifted. How is one teacher supposed to provide instruction for all of these different levels and needs?

You need to differentiate instruction to meet the varied needs of all your students. Differentiated instruction is the process of modifying instruction to meet the needs of all learners in the best way possible. This lesson presents some practical strategies that can help you effectively differentiate instruction.


A basic approach to differentiation is grouping. Grouping your students based on needs is a simple way to differentiate instruction in your classroom. You can form groups initially using your observations, assessments, and other data. Then you can change groups as often as needed, e.g., when students make progress or you learn more about personalities and learning styles.

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