Starter Guides to Differentiating Your Classroom
Starter Guides to Differentiating Your Classroom
PUBLISHED: Thursday, September 05, 2019 by Andiynn Feddeler

Differentiation is a practice that aims to move every child ahead, but differentiating for all students can be intimidating and time consuming. These resources work as great starter guides for teachers new to differentiation who are still learning best practices for challenging all levels of students.

  • Curriculum Compacting (2nd ed.). With information on the history and rationale of curriculum compacting as well as successful implementation strategies and multiple case studies, the second edition of Curriculum Compacting introduces the strategies that teachers need to understand to implement this differentiation strategy for high-potential, highly motivated, and academically talented and gifted students.

  • Differentiation Made Simple will help classroom teachers overcome time constraints and other obstacles to differentiation by providing a wealth of ready-made and generic tools they can employ right away. Written especially for teachers in the trenches, Differentiation Made Simple will help unlock the door to creating a classroom where every child is challenged by work appropriate for his or her abilities, interests, and learning styles. 

  • Educator’s Quick Reference Guide to Differentiation provides educators with an easy-to-read overview of differentiation strategies, such as extension menus, independent study, flexible grouping, and more. With its concise format, this guide is perfect for educators new to differentiation or those looking for an at-a-glance review of major components.

  • Strategies for Differentiating Instruction (3rd ed.). Designed specifically for teachers who are new to differentiated instruction, this book offers sound, practical advice for preassessing students, implementing differentiation strategies, and managing and assessing student learning. This book offers practical strategies that allow all students to learn at appropriately challenging levels and make continuous progress by focusing on their various levels of knowledge and readiness to learn. 

  • Teacher’s Survival Guide: Differentiating Instruction in the Elementary Classroom answers the most common questions about differentiation, including what it is, how teachers can set up a classroom that promotes differentiation, which topics should be differentiated, what strategies are most effective, and how teachers can assess students engaged in different classroom experiences.