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This wiki was designed by teachers in the Sweetwater Union High School District. The pages and strategies have
been designed to support teachers in their quest to teach with the consideration of all learners in mind. Please share
and keep this site growing as new trends and practices emerge in this area.

What is Differentiation? Here are some places to begin to understand it.

-Differentiating Instruction-what is differentiating instruction?-from St. Mary's College of Maryland
-This site gives an overview with examples and non-examples.


Background Information on Differentiation


Dare to Differentiate


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-a 7th grade English differentiated lesson plan
-variety of examples of a differentiated classroom
-San Diego County Office of Education-lesson examples

Why differentiate?

Some Quotes from Educators on differentiation


"One size never fits all, one size fits one."
Tom Peters, quoted in The Big Picture: Education is Everyone’s Business by Dennis Litsky & Samantha Gabrelle

“SHOULD all kids do it?
COULD all kids do it?
WOULD all kids want to?
If the answer to any of these questions is “yes” then it isn’t differentiated."
-Passow

“…a course of study that is in some manner different from the one to which students in the mainstream are exposed…
Differentiation is not enough. To be appropriate, a curriculum for…students must be defensible as well…Defensibility
in this context implies that the curriculum is not only different from the norm, but educationally right for…students.”
-Borland

“Smart children soon learn that what is important in school is one thing--and what is important in life is another, and
they live in this schizophrenic existence satisfactorily. Many, however, do not. Everything we learn doesn't have to
be relevant. But if some of our school learning isn’t meaningful, we may get turned off enough so that we don’t want
to learn anything anywhere. We may simply drop out.”
--William Glasser -Schools Without Failure

Discipline problems reflect a collision with inappropriate curriculum.
--Susan Winebrenner

TWO MOTIVATIONAL STATES INTERFERE WITH LEARNING. ONE IS ANXIETY; THE OTHER IS BOREDOM.
ANXIETY OCCURS WHEN TEACHERS EXPECT TOO MUCH, BOREDOM WHEN THEY EXPECT TOO LITTLE.
Mihaly Csikezentmihalyi
Flow: the Psychology of Optimal Experience

When we teach the same things to all kids all the time
1/3 already know it,
1/3 get it, and
1/3 never will
So 2/3 of the kids are wasting their time.
--Scott Willis

The best classroom management plan is a strong instructional plan.
-Paula Rutherford

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