Practical Ways to Differentiate Instruction: Reaching All Learners Through Whole Group Instruction and Flexible Grouping, Grades K-2

Online Course

Course Objective/Goals

This video-based professional development course takes a look inside primary-grade classrooms where teachers and children are engaged in differentiated teaching and learning. Experienced teachers demonstrate classroom-proven strategies and activities designed to support differentiation, maximize student participation in whole class lessons and enhance their learning using small flexible groups.

Differentiated instruction enables teachers to meet the wide range of learning needs of primary-grade students. This course focuses on the importance of setting the stage for differentiation, how to incorporate learning modalities to enhance whole class instruction for all students, and flexible grouping techniques to enrich teaching and learning in primary classrooms

You will learn how to:

  • Implement key practices to create an environment that supports differentiation
  • Infuse whole class lessons with multi-modal strategies to maximize student participation
  • Use simple assessment strategies to monitor students’ skill development, conceptual understandings and learning preferences
  • Make good use of flexible groups to both support and challenge young learners
  • Increase student productivity, achievement and enthusiasm for learning

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How This On Demand Course Works

Optional Graduate Credit

EDDU 9150


"This was amazing! Loved all the ideas presented and can't wait to get into the classroom to implement them."
             – E. Schaff

"I thoroughly enjoyed the classroom videos and follow up info for me to use in my note taking. I also loved reviewing the video clips for things I might have missed."
            – J. Tibbetts

"The information provided in this course is very helpful. A lot of useful tools are provided for the classroom without being overwhelming."
            – M. Williams

"There were so many good ideas and strategies. The online program discussed differentiation in detail and allowed me to write an action plan to practice these techniques. The plan also allowed me to think and write about the areas that I want to improve."
            – A. Stamps

"As a classroom teacher it's rare for me to have the time to visit other classrooms in my school to see how teachers are differentiating. Having the opportunity to access these videos was very helpful to me in thinking about my own practice and next steps."
            – N. Rodriguez

"This course was very valuable in that it provides applicable strategies for optimal learning in the primary classroom. I would highly recommend this course and will consider taking another online course in the future."
            – K. Fox


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