Differentiated Instruction Lesson Planning Resources
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As educators, we understand that every student is unique, with diverse learning styles, abilities, and interests. Traditional one-size-fits-all teaching methods may not always be effective in meeting the individual needs of all students. This is where differentiated instruction comes into play—a powerful approach that tailors the learning experience to accommodate the diverse needs of learners.
CAST- UDL Lesson Builder
The Center for Applied Special Technology (CAST) website hosts a Universal Design for Learning (UDL) Lesson Builder that provides educators with models and tools to create and adapt lessons to increase access and participation in the general education curriculum for all students.
The New York Times Learning Network- Daily Lesson Plans
The New York Times Learning Network offers free daily lesson plans and lesson plan units that use recent New York Times articles as the context for teaching current events and other curricular-based topics. The lesson plans present new and exciting ways to engage students in learning through problem-solving, games, activities, and simulations. The lessons can be adapted for a variety of learning styles and are a wonderful way to introduce a wide range of interesting topics. Some examples of current lesson plans available on the site include: Feeling Different, Understanding Social and Emotional Issues Surrounding Attention Deficit Disorder, Check Mate: Learning Strategic Thinking through Playing Chess and Play to Learn: Using Math to Design an Innovative Playground.
Links to Additional Resources
- Bedtime Math
- Kids Planet
- Smithsonian Education – Students
- National Geographic Kids
- PETA KiDS
- BBC For Kids
- Discovery Kids
- PBS History Detectives
- History Classroom
- Discovery Education
- Intervention Central
- Do 2 Learn
- Symbol World
- Florida Center for Reading Research
- Child Care Land
- LEGO WeDO
- Educational Resources Pre-K thru 12
Through the use of various instructional approaches, flexible grouping, and personalized learning activities, differentiated instruction addresses the individual needs of learners, promoting academic growth and nurturing a love for learning. As teachers, it is our responsibility to adapt our teaching methods to meet the diverse needs of our students, ensuring that no one is left behind.
As you embark on your journey to implement differentiated instruction in your lesson planning, remember that it requires ongoing reflection, patience, and a willingness to experiment with various strategies. Embrace the challenges and celebrate the successes, for each step you take toward creating a more personalized and student-centered classroom is a step toward empowering your students for a brighter future.