Throughout that year, I utilized a variety of management pointers for a differentiated classroom that had been presented during the conference. These guidelines helped me to begin integrating basic differentiation without losing my sanity. Here are some of those basic points to help you create a solid foundation for differentiation in your classroom
Some excellent tips on using differentiated instruction here. The term is thrown around a lot, however, I have found from talking to a number of first-year teachers that it wasn’t quite a focus in their education program in college. Many districts require it. Personally, I believe it is the best way to meet the needs of all your students in your classroom in order to properly scaffold their learning as well as challenge them.
Flexible groups is one of the most important factors for me. At my school, some teachers keep the same group throughout the year. Others do not. I truly recommend keeping consistent anecdotal notes on students and to re-evaluate your groups periodically in order to determine which skills they need to work on and then do your grouping based on that.
Another good point made in this article is that differentiation can come in many forms and in different parts of the lesson.
Basically, differentiation to me exemplifies my motto that fairness is not that everyone gets the same thing. It is that everyone gets what they need.