Definition: Differentiated instruction is the practice of modifying and adapting instruction, materials, content, student projects and products, and assessment to meet the learning needs of individual students. In a differentiated classroom, teachers recognize that all students are different and require varied teaching methods to be successful in school. They see their role as creating that environment for their students. Differentiation includes a wide range of strategies and methods such as:
- Adaptations, modifications, and accommodations;
- Specially designed instruction;
- Assistive technology;
- Augmentative communication;
- Accessible instructional materials; and
- Behavior intervention plans.
Also Known As: accommodations, modifications, modified instruction, responsive teaching
Examples:Differentiated instruction helps students learn in ways that are most effective for them.