Differentiated instruction can play out differently from one classroom to the next — and from one school to the next. But there are a few key features:
Small work groups: The students in each group rotate in and out. This gives them a chance to participate in many different groups. A group can include a pair of students or a larger group. In all cases, it’s an opportunity for students to learn from each other.
Reciprocal learning: Sometimes students become teachers, sharing what they’ve learned and asking classmates questions.
Continual assessment: Teachers regularly monitor students’ strengths and weaknesses (in both formal and informal ways) to make sure they’re progressing in their knowledge and mastery of schoolwork.
Educators, learn more about
how to use flexible grouping
with small groups.