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Differentiating Instruction in the Regular Classroom
How to Reach and Teach All Learners
(Updated Anniversary Edition)

Diane Heacox, Ed.D. 
Differentiating Instruction in the Regular Classroom
Ten years ago, Differentiating Instruction in the Regular Classroom became an overnight best seller. In this updated edition of the popular and trusted guide, Diane Heacox provides a practical introduction to differentiation and explains how differentiated instruction can work in a wide range of settings to provide variety and challenge in how teachers teach and in how students learn. Individual chapters focus on evaluation in a differentiated classroom and how to manage both behavior and work tasks. The author describes ways to get to know students and recognize that all have strengths and limitations. Differentiated instruction lesson plans are provided as templates and forms, with examples to illustrate differentiation in many content areas.

The book is refreshed throughout to reflect today’s most effective practices in curriculum design and instructional methods. New features include connections to Common Core State Standards, revised information on multiple intelligences, updated bibliography and resources, and a PowerPoint presentation for use in staff training and professional development.

Digital content includes a PowerPoint presentation for professional development, reproducible forms from the book, curriculum maps, workcards, and matrix plans. Teachers can print out what they need, when they need it, and can customize forms for their own classrooms and students.

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Common Core
This book guides you through the process of differentiating a curriculum unit, including both choice boards and tiered assignments—all based on the Common Core State Standards. Click here for more information.



176 pages, softcover, 8½" x 11", teachers and administrators, K–12, ISBN 978-1-57542-416-3


“At this time of increasingly standardized approaches to instruction and assessment, Diane Heacox’s book brings education back to how it works best: Actually responding to children rather than simply responding to curricular mandates.”—Jane Bluestein, Ph.D., author of Creating Emotionally Safe Schools

“Provides a multitude of practical, teacher-tested tools and templates to help you begin or refine your own journey toward more fully differentiated instruction . . . no matter where you are in [that] journey.”—from the foreword by Cindy A. Strickland

“A practical guide for teachers new to or interested in the process of differentiation. Drawing on Bloom’s taxonomy, Gardner’s theory of multiple intelligences, and other experts in the field of educational psychology, Heacox presents several practical strategies and ideas that teachers can use to differentiate instruction at any level in any curriculum . . . The reader will come away with some good, practical suggestions for increasing the challenge level for gifted students.”—Journal for the Education of the Gifted

In the Real World

Differentiating Instruction in the Regular Classroom is one of my consistent recommendations to educators. My copy of the book is well worn! It is filled with such a wealth of informative, useful, and practical gems. I love to be able to help others apply its benefits to design great learning for kids.

As a school principal in Alberta, Canada, my school became an immediate champion of the book’s Integration Matrix, and incorporated this into our unit planning. We used arts-integrated learning strategies at our school to support the many children with special needs, and to also ensure our teachers were continually growing their professional practice to include a variety of approaches to learning for all students. The matrix blending Gardner’s multiple intelligences with Bloom’s taxonomy worked beautifully for everyone.

I have since left that school and school district and continue to provide mentoring and professional development for teachers in both Alberta and British Columbia. In conversations with other educators around differentiating for learners, I often find myself sharing how effective the Integration Matrix has been and what a wonderful resource this book is.

—Lauren Gannon, arts & education consultant, director of Learning Through the Arts, British Columbia

Item No: 24163W

Price: $39.99


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Differentiation for Gifted Learners
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Making Differentiation a Habit
Diane Heacox, Ed.D. 
RTI in Middle School Classrooms
Kelli J. Esteves, Ed.D., and Elizabeth Whitten, Ph.D. 
Teaching Kids with Learning Difficulties in Today’s Classroom
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