"Differentiation doesn't suggest that a teacher can be all things to all individuals all the time. It does, however, mandate that a teacher create a reasonable range of approaches to learning much of the time, so that most students find learning a fit much of the time." (Cindy Strickland)
Our district mentoring team met with mentors and their 1st and 2nd year mentees to talk about Differentiated Instruction. While this is a topic with great depth and complexity, we limited ourselves to a quick overview and spent some time exploring the Scholastic "differentiated instruction plan book."
The following Scribd Slideshow gives a quick overview of the principles underlying a "DI" way of thinking, based on Carol Ann Tomlinson's work.
(See here for more detailed explanation.)
Some Links to explore:
What is Differentiated Instruction? By: Carol Ann Tomlinson (2000)
Tomlinson's DI Site (additional articles)
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Dr. Paula Kluth is a consultant, teacher, author, advocate, and independent scholar who works with teachers and families to provide inclusive opportunities for students with disabilities and to create more responsive and engaging schooling experiences for all learners.
Differentiated Instruction Video Clip (via Youtube) Humourous
Bibliography of materials available at DRC (as of Dec 2010)