In EdSpeak: A Glossary of Education Terms, Phrases, Buzzwords, and Jargon, Diane Ravitch defines differentiating instruction as a form of instruction that seeks to "maximize each student's growth by recognizing that students have different ways of learning, different interests, and different ways of responding to instruction.
"In practice, it involves offering several different learning experiences in response to students' varied needs.
"Educators may vary learning activities and materials by difficulty, so as to challenge students at different readiness levels; by topic, in response to students' interests; and by students' preferred ways of learning or expressing themselves" (p. 75).
What Is (and Is Not) Differentiated Instruction?
Look at the definition of differentiation—in terms of what it is and is not—in this infographic to further your learning from the book.
Post it in your office, share it with your colleagues, or circulate it on social media to keep top of mind best practices for differentiating instruction to meet the needs of all students.