Differentiated instruction is a philosophy to teaching in which teachers and school communities provide students with different paths to learning.
The key belief of differentiated learning is that all students can learn, in their own ways and in their own time.
Differentiation always begins with effective instruction for the entire class, and then varies the instruction so that it responds to the diverse learning needs of the students in the classroom.
Teachers naturally incorporate elements of differentiated instruction to some degree in their classrooms every day. You do so every time you use a pre-test to help you plan a learning activity,
present information in multiple ways or offer choice in the format for a final project.
One of the leaders in differentiation, Carol Ann Tomlinson, states that a commitment to a more differentiated classroom does not mean starting over, but rather building on current best instructional practices.
You can become a more effective teacher by taking a simple but intentional, focused step toward differentiating instruction in your classroom every day.