Our Three Video Series On Differentiation, Including Two NEW Ones!

My colleague Katie Hull-Sypnieski is leading a February 1st Education Week Webinar on differentiating instruction, and I would strongly encourage people to participate. Katie’s the best teacher I’ve ever seen….

In addition, Katie and I have co-authored a piece for Education Week Teacher on the topic that will be appearing there soon (it’s appeared: The Five By Five Approach To Differentiation Success), and an upcoming post in my blog there will be talking about it, too (that two part series has also appeared). I also did a second two-part series in Ed Week on differentiation.

Also, check out The Best “Fair Isn’t Equal” Visualizations.


Given all that, a “The Best…” post was inevitable, and here it is.

Here are my choices for The Best Resources On Differentiating Instruction:

The Best Places To Get The “Same” Text Written For Different “Levels”

Busting Myths about Differentiated Instruction is by Rick Wormeli.

Reconcilable Differences? Standards-Based Teaching and Differentiation is by Carol Ann Tomlinson.

Deciding to Teach Them All is by Carol Ann Tomlinson.

Making a Difference: Carol Ann Tomlinson explains how differentiated instruction works and why we need it now is an Ed Week Teacher interview.

From Differentiated Instruction to Differentiated Assessment is by Douglas B. Reeves.

Mapping a Route Toward Differentiated Instruction is by Carol Ann Tomlinson.

Using Digital Tools for Differentiation is a wiki created by Bill Ferriter.

Differentiated Instruction: Setting the Pedagogy Straight is by Rick Wormeli.

Here’s a slide from a Rick Wormeli presentation:


Leadership for Grading Practices in the Differentiated Classroom is by Rick Wormeli.

Six Scaffolding Strategies to Use with Your Students is by Rebecca Alber.

This is a short video on scaffolding from Beyond The Bubble, a history site about which I’ve previously posted.

Thought it talks about history, its scaffolding recommendations can be helpful in any subject.

Video: “What Does A Yellow Light Mean?”

Setting the Stage for Change Toward Differentiation contains a very useful chart that was developed by Carol Tomlinson and others.

Student-Created Prompts As A Differentiation Strategy

Simple ways to differentiate materials for mixed level classes is an excellent post by Rachael Roberts. It’s focused on language teaching, but the ideas can be applied to any class.

Carol Tomlinson participated in an @ASCD chat on Twitter and shared a great infographic.

Here are a couple of tweets with it, followed by a few tweets I was invited to send about differentiation and ELLs.

Great Post: “Inventing Differentiation”

Differentiated Instruction Strategies: Using Learning Stations is from Teach Hub.

On-the-Spot Scaffolding for Students is from Edutopia.

Five Tips for Getting Started With Differentiation in a Secondary Classroom is from ASCD.

There’s No Time to Differentiate: Myth-Busting DI, Part 2 is from Edutopia.

Scaffolding for Success: Best Practices for Secondary ELLs is from TESOL. I’m adding it to The Best Resources On Differentiating Instruction.

Ways to differentiate texts is by Carissa Peck.

To Differentiate Or Not To Differentiate Really Isn’t The Question

Rick Wormeli On Differentiation

On differentiation: a reply to a rant and a posing of questions is by Grant Wiggins.

Quote Of The Day: “Differentiation Does, in Fact, Work”

Differentiation Is Important ‘Because We Teach Students Not Standards’ is my latest Ed Week Teacher post on the topic.

Differentiation Isn’t Perfect — But It Can Work is from Edudemic.

3 Simple Ways to Differentiate Instruction in Any Class is by A. J. Juliani.

What Are The School Implications Of New Chetty Study On Geographical Mobility?

Great Lessons 4: Differentiation is by Tom Sherrington.

How I Learned Differentiation appeared in Teach Thought, and is excellent.

Q & A Collections: Differentiating Instruction is the title of one of my Education Week Teacher columns.

It includes link to all my posts on differentiating instruction from the past four years – in one place!

10 Questioning Strategies to Differentiate Instruction is from Minds in Bloom.

An Easy Yet Powerful Method for Differentiating Instruction is by Pernille Ripp

Differentiating With Learning Menus is very good video from The Teaching Channel. It’s embedded below.

Feedback and/or Additional suggestions are always welcome.

Meeting The Needs of Diverse Learners looks like a useful video series from The Teaching Channel.

Inclusion in the 21st-century classroom: Differentiating with technology is from Learn NC.

Yes, Differentiation Is Hard. So, Let’s Get It Right. appeared in Ed Week.

In this video, some ducklings were able to get over the curb on their own. However, several found that it was just too high. Look at how someone provides assistance to those having trouble, and how he doesn’t tell them what to do. Instead, he offers it as an option, as a choice they can make. It’s an example of an old community organizing axiom, “If you don’t give people the opportunity to say no, you don’t give them the opportunity to say yes, either.”

Too Many Students and Not Enough Time is good post from Edutopia on differentiated instruction.

Teaching a Class With Big Ability Differences is by Todd Finley.

Is Differentiation Really Doable in Math Class? is from Middleweb.

“The Platinum Rule” Is A Key To Effective Differentiation

Using Playlists to Differentiate Instruction is from Jennifer Gonzalez.

One Size Does Not Fit All: Differentiating for English Learners is by Jana Echevarria.

I Want to Get Better at… Differentiation is from The Teaching Channel.

‘Embracing Technology’ as a Tool for Differentiation is the headline of one of my Education Week Teacher columns.


Here’s a video I did with Ed Week:

Trying to make math meaningful. is a nice post by Joe Schwartz on differentiating instruction.


Wendi Pillars has created a great infographic on differentiated instruction for ELLs.

New Meta-Analysis Finds Something That Is No Surprise To Teachers: Differentiation Works

5 Pro Tips for Easy Differentiation in Google Classroom is from Learners Edge.


Supports vs. Modifications: What’s the Difference? is from UnboundED.


Teach Up for Equity and Excellence is by Carol Ann Tomlinson.

How UDL Creates an Equitable Environment for Students is from Edutopia.

10 ways to meet the learning needs of all students is from Teacher Learn Grow.

Powering Up for Differentiated Instruction appeared in Edutopia.

What Teachers Need to Know About Scaffolding and Differentiation is from Caffeine Queen Teacher.

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