Differentiated instruction is the key to appropriately serving all students, and it’s essential to explain the ways that will manifest itself in the classroom.
You must share with parents and students that this class will be different in the way that students work. This sets the expectation from the beginning, prevents contention and decreases resistance.
For parents, I’ve written an article on how to explain differentiation to parents, including sharing the actual letter I send home.
For students, I keep a poster displayed in class that shares some basic ideas about differentiation. (You can grab it for free below.)
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