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Differentiated Instruction

[CLOs: 2, 4]

By using a variety of instructional models and strategies, teachers differentiate instruction. Read Chapter 2 in your text and, in a two- to three-page paper, not including title and reference pages, discuss the concept of the differentiation.

Be sure to address the following topics in your paper:

  • What is differentiation?
  • What theoretical or research background is there for this instructional method?
  • How does it work? What will it look like in your own classroom? Give an example of how you could differentiate instruction.
  • What experiences have you had with this method?
  • What do you still need to learn about this method? What questions do you have about this method?
  • What conclusions can you draw about this method?

Please refer to Chapter 2 in your text, other resources, and your experiences to complete this assignment. Cite at least one source in addition to your text. The source does not need to be scholarly. Make sure your paper is in APA format.


Required Resources


Hansen, C.B., Buczynski, S., & Puckett, K.S. (2015). Curriculum and instruction for the 21st century. Bridgepoint Education

  • Chapter 5: Defining Assessment for Learning
    • This chapter will help you gain knowledge of, and competence in, both formative and summative assessments by introducing specific classroom strategies to maximize learning for all students.
  • Chapter 6: Evidence-based Models of Teaching
    • This chapter explores a variety of teacher-led and student -centered instructional models.


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Recommended Resources


Chorzempa, B.F. & Lapidus, L. (2009). “To find yourself, think for yourself”: Using Socratic discussions in inclusive classrooms.Preview the documentTeaching Exceptional Children, 41(3), 54-59. Retrieved from

  • The full-text version of this article is available through the ProQuest database in the Ashford University Library. This article provides a model and guidelines for using the Socratic method to develop students’ critical thinking and writing skills within elementary inclusive classrooms.

Smith, R.S. & Abell, S.K. (2008). Using analogies in elementary science.Preview the documentScience and Children, 46(4), 50-52. Retrieved from

  • The full-text version of this article is available through the ProQuest database in the Ashford University Library. This article examines the idea of using analogies (synectics model) in science classrooms to help students make connections between everyday life and the concepts being taught. Analogies help students form a bridge between their existing knowledge and new knowledge.