Low-Prep Methods for Differentiated Instruction

Differentiated instruction, or the process by which teachers craft custom lesson plans uniquely tailored to each individual student’s learning style, has been the rage of academic circles for some time now. Differentiated instruction can make all the difference when it comes to learning, but tailoring lesson plans to each individual student (or groups of students) can be a time-consuming undertaking.

However, with a little bit of planning, educators can easily differentiate their lesson plans. Today on TeachHUB.com, frequent contributing writer Janelle Cox, herself a veteran elementary school educator based in Upstate New York, looks at some low-prep ways that teachers can employ methods of differentiated instruction.

Janelle’s ideas include:

Homework options
Student choice boards
Writing prompts
And more!

Janelle sums up today’s article like this: “These are a just a few of the most popular low prep ways that you differentiate instruction. Other ways include: Flexible seating, using reading buddies, think-pair-share, menus, open-ended activities, miniworkshops and lessons, explorations, games, and apps, to name a few. Remember, the payoff comes when you can see your students achieve more on your classroom than ever before, and when you see them thriving and becoming more involved in classroom discussions.”

In which ways do you differentiate learning in your classroom? Do you have any easy, low-prep ideas that work for you and your classroom? Please share with us. We would love to hear your thoughts.


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