Foundations and Implications of a Differentiated Classroom

One of the key principles of differentiation is information dissemination to stakeholders including students, parents, colleagues, and others involved in the education community. 

In preparing for the first day of a new school year, you decide to create either informational literature – like a brochure or double-sided flyer, or a classroom website explaining the foundations of Differentiated Instruction and its implication in your classroom. Whether you choose to create a brochure, flyer, or classroom website, the information must be specific to your authentic or fictional classroom (i.e., school, grade level, academic content, student population). 

Keeping in mind your intended audience for the language, design, and examples, you must include the following information:

  • Your plans for creating a safe and secure classroom environment;
  • Your definition of differentiating;
  • The justification for differentiating in the classroom environment;
  • How you will provide a positive learning environment;
  • How you will meet the social and emotional needs of your students;
  • How you will eliminate student fear of failure and humiliation;
  • Examples of what can be expected from student work and assignments;
  • Examples of what can be expected from the assessment of student work;
  • How you will provide students opportunities to succeed;
  • At least three additional resources (your text may be used as one source) for education stakeholders on differentiation (i.e., books, articles, websites, etc.)

Be creative! Whatever you choose to create, provide access to your instructor by uploading all the necessary links or text in a document. Use your course text and two scholarly article from Google Scholar to support your research. Although a typical brochure or flyer is 2 pages (front and back) there is not a page or length requirement for this assignment, as that will limit your creativity; however, each rubric-based requirement must be fully and thoroughly addressed. If you plan to create a classroom website, you must provide access to the website to your instructor. Be sure to provide proper APA citation for any sources that you use and include a title page and reference page(s) when applicable. 

Feel free to use these websites as a starting point for creating a brochure or flyer:

Below you will find an example of a pamphlet on differentiating for a school district. While this pamphlet is much briefer than the details that you’ll provide in yours, it will provide you with an example. 

Feel free to use these websites as a starting point for creating a classroom website: 

  • Weebly– allows educators to create free class websites
  • SchoolRack– free website and educational blog forum
  • WordPress– software to create free website or blog

Online Tutorials: