Differentiated Instruction in Science Class


“What it means to differentiate activities is to give students a variety of ways, or alternate paths, to making sense out of [and] manipulating the ideas they worked with in the content,” says Carol Ann Tomlinson. In this clip, watch how a science teacher differentiates instruction in response to students’ readiness levels.

This clip is an excerpt from the ASCD PD Online® course Differentiated Instruction: An Introduction.


  1. I appreciated this demonstration of differentiated instruction. It was nice to see that the focus on student learning was the primary goal of the lesson, so that students who might become frustrated with the technicalities were given resources to focus on the content itself and bypass the unnecessary frustration. More advanced students were genuinely challenged to keep the content interesting to them.


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