• How to Differentiate Instruction in Academically Diverse Classrooms, 3rd Edition, Mar/2017

How to Differentiate Instruction in Academically Diverse Classrooms, 3rd Edition, Mar/2017

Author(s) Carol Ann Tomlinson
ISBN10 1416623302
ISBN13 9781416623304
Format Paperback
Pages 186
Year Publish 2017 March


We differentiate instruction to honour the reality of the students we teach. They are energetic and outgoing. They are quiet and curious. They are confident and self-doubting. They are interested in a thousand things and deeply immersed in a particular topic. They are academically advanced and “kids in the middle” and struggling due to cognitive, emotional, economic, or sociological challenges. More of them than ever speak a different language at home. They learn at different rates and in different ways. And they all come together in our academically diverse classrooms.

Written as a practical guide for teachers, this expanded third edition of Carol Ann Tomlinson’s ground-breaking work covers the fundamentals of differentiation and provides additional guidelines and new strategies for how to go about it. You’ll learn 

  1. What differentiation is and why it’s essential
  2. How to set up the flexible and supportive learning environment that promotes success
  3. How to manage a differentiated classroom
  4. How to plan lessons differentiated by readiness, interest, and learning profile
  5. How to differentiate content, process, and products
  6. How to prepare students, parents, and yourself for the challenge of differentiation

First published in 1995 as How to Differentiate Instruction in Mixed-Ability Classrooms, this new edition reflects evolving best practices in education, the experiences of practitioners throughout the United States and around the world, and Tomlinson’s continuing thinking about how to help each and every student access challenging, high-quality curriculum; engage in meaning-rich learning experiences; and feel at home in a school environment that “fits.”

About the Author:

Carol Ann Tomlinson is William Clay Parrish, Jr. Professor, Chair of Educational Leadership, Foundations and Policy, and Co-director of the Institutes on Academic Diversity at the Curry School of Education, University of Virginia. Her university career follows a 20-year career as a public-school teacher and a leader of district programs for both struggling and advanced learners. She and her colleagues developed a model for what we now call differentiated instruction in their work with heterogeneous 7th grade classrooms. Tomlinson was Virginia's Teacher of the Year in 1974 and won an All-University Teaching Award in 1994. The author of more than 300 publications, she works throughout the United States and internationally with educators who want to create classrooms that are more responsive to a broad range of learners.

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