Ch 3: Planning & Designing Differentiated Instruction

About This Chapter

After learning the meaning and principles of differentiated instruction, you're ready to begin planning and designing this unique teaching strategy for your classroom. Explore tips for getting started by reviewing the lessons in this chapter.

Planning & Designing Differentiated Instruction - Chapter Summary

Use this entertaining chapter to learn the strategies you can use to effectively plan and design differentiated instruction for your classroom. Reviewing the lessons can teach you the following:

  • Differences between learning goals and learning objectives
  • Factors and research associated with student achievement
  • Materials and strategies used in planning instruction
  • How scaffolding instruction compares to differentiated instruction
  • Small-group instruction vs. whole-class instruction
  • Ways to differentiate instruction based on elements of content
  • Tips for adapting instruction to different styles of learning and processes
  • Strategies for differentiating instruction via the products of learning

The lessons can be tailored to your personal learning style. Watch them in any sequence, and print them if you want to take notes or highlight key information. Short quizzes and a chapter exam are available to help reinforce what you've explored in the lessons.

How It Helps

  • Fosters awareness and understanding: The lessons provide the definitions and strategies associated with differentiated instruction that give you full comprehension as you prepare to incorporate it into your classroom setting.
  • Compares different teaching methods: In this chapter, you can compare and contrast differentiated instruction with other forms of instruction to get an even better understanding of this unique teaching strategy, while deciding how other strategies could benefit your students.
  • Provides implementation guidance: Take advantage of clear guidance that can help you determine the best ways to implement, manage and make adjustments to a differentiated instruction model in your classroom.

Skills Covered

When you reach the end of this chapter, you will be prepared to:

  • Share the differences between learning goals and learning objectives
  • Explain how to create broad goals and specific objectives during your instruction planning process
  • Provide the meaning of student achievement, as well as related factors and research
  • Discuss why teachers need access to multiple resources and methods when planning instruction
  • Compare and contrast scaffolding and differentiated instruction, and decide when using either is appropriate
  • Differentiate between whole-class instruction and small-group instruction
  • Describe the process of differentiating classroom instruction depending on the content being taught
  • Explain how you can adapt your instruction based on how your students understand the subject matter
  • Detail how to differentiate your instruction based on the end result of your students' learning

14 Lessons in Chapter 3: Planning & Designing Differentiated Instruction
Test your knowledge with a 30-question chapter practice test
Comparing Learning Goals & Learning Objectives

1. Comparing Learning Goals & Learning Objectives

Learning goals and learning objectives are often confused. Though similar, each is distinct with its own place in education. This lesson compares the two and discusses how to define them to help students succeed in the classroom.

Student Achievement: Definition, Factors & Research

2. Student Achievement: Definition, Factors & Research

What is student achievement? This lesson provides a general definition of student achievement, defines factors that impact a student's ability to achieve and explains what research shows about successful student achievement.

Using Data to Increase Student Achievement

3. Using Data to Increase Student Achievement

Why do teachers give assessments? Probably not for the love of grading. So why does so much in education seem assessment-based? In this lesson, you'll learn more about how to use assessment data to improve student achievement.

Instructional Planning: Quality Materials & Strategies

4. Instructional Planning: Quality Materials & Strategies

Teachers need multiple resources and methods in order to effectively plan instruction. In this lesson, we will discuss the importance of quality instructional materials and teaching strategies.

Comparing Scaffolding and Differentiated Instruction

5. Comparing Scaffolding and Differentiated Instruction

Scaffolding and differentiation are effective instructional methods used in today's classroom. Learn what these methods are, their similarities and differences, and how they should be used.

Whole-Class vs. Small-Group Instruction

6. Whole-Class vs. Small-Group Instruction

Throughout the day, you are going to want to use a variety of grouping techniques for different activities and lessons. Two main grouping techniques are whole-class and small-group instruction. This lesson will define these types of groups and detail when they are most useful.

How to Differentiate Instruction with Elements of Content

7. How to Differentiate Instruction with Elements of Content

Teachers differentiate the content they teach so all students can learn. What content is modified, and how does this work? This lesson discusses how to differentiate content while still meeting rigorous standards.

Adapting Instruction to Different Learning Styles & Processes

8. Adapting Instruction to Different Learning Styles & Processes

Differentiated instruction has several components. One is to consider student needs when teaching. This lesson shows how to differentiate based on learners' needs and shows how to use these ideas in the classroom.

Differentiating Instruction via the Products of Learning

9. Differentiating Instruction via the Products of Learning

Teachers differentiate to make sure all students learn. One way they support student success is to modify the products of learning. This lesson reviews what that means and gives methods for differentiating this topic.

Multisensory Learning: Definition & Theories

10. Multisensory Learning: Definition & Theories

Today's classrooms are home to learners who are diverse in many key ways, including ability and learning style. As a teacher, you need to be prepared to address student needs at many different levels. An understanding of multisensory learning is key when teaching learners of all ages.

Differentiated Instruction in Music

11. Differentiated Instruction in Music

As a music teacher, you have students with a wide range of skills, abilities, and interests. This lesson gives you some ideas for how you can meet the needs of every learner in your class.

Differentiated Instruction in Health

12. Differentiated Instruction in Health

In this lesson, health education teachers will learn about using differentiated instruction with their students. The lesson will include specific strategies for differentiation.

Differentiated Instruction Strategies for Language Arts

13. Differentiated Instruction Strategies for Language Arts

This lesson presents different approaches for reaching learners in language arts. You will also see examples for meeting individual learners' needs in language arts through differentiated instruction.

Differentiated Instruction in Physics

14. Differentiated Instruction in Physics

Looking for some ways to better reach all learners in your physics class? This lesson examines the concept of differentiated instruction and how we can apply various methods according to the needs of diverse student populations.

Chapter Practice Exam
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Practice Final Exam
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