Practical Ways to Differentiate Instruction Using Tiered Assignments, Student Choice and Other Exemplary Strategies, Grades K-2

Online Course

Course Objective/Goals

This course takes viewers into classrooms, grades K-2, where teachers are using practical differentiation strategies and techniques to adjust instruction, materials, and activities so all primary students can move forward as thinkers and learners and meet essential learning expectations.

Four differentiation strategies are highlighted in this course: tiered assignments, student choice, contracting, and curriculum compacting. You will clearly see how each of the strategies can be used effectively to the benefit of students and teachers in primary classrooms

You will learn how to:

  • design leveled questions, practice activities and assignments that engage all students with essential learning objectives
  • integrate effective student choice options into whole class lessons, small group instruction and individual activities
  • provide meaningful activities to challenge and stretch high achieving students
  • maximize the power of differentiation to increase student achievement in grades K-2

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How This On Demand Course Works

Optional Graduate Credit

EDDU 9500


"Very helpful!  I found the videos to be very helpful with great advise on how to begin and how to provide the differentiated instruction to help each child succeed to their maximum potential! The resources were also wonderful!!"
              – S. Gerken

"I learned so much about differentiation strategies that will be useful. I look forward to taking more online courses through BER."
              – K. Anibal

"I found the videos very useful in opening up new avenues for differentiating instruction for my first grade class. I especially found the contracting module interesting and would like to develop it for my next class novel."
              – T. Nichols

"The teachers had some great ideas how to differentiate instruction. Many things that were introduced in the videos I am going to try in my classroom."
              – C. Harrill

"The course gave me some great ideas on how to incorporate more choice and differentiation in my classroom."
              – C. Putnam


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