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Differentiating Instruction in the Regular Classroom

How to Reach and Teach All Learners
(Updated Anniversary Edition)


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 reflects effective practices in curriculum design and instructional methods. Features new to the second edition 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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ISBN: 978-1-57542-416-3
Audience: Teachers and administrators, K–12
Trim Size: 8.5" x 11"
Page Count: 176
Digital Content: Includes reproducible forms, extra examples of curriculum maps and matrix plans, and a PowerPoint presentation

Praise for Differentiating Instruction in the Regular Classroom:
“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

“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

  • Common Core State Standards

    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. Working from the Common Core State Standards or the content standards established by your state or province, Differentiating Instruction in the Regular Classroom guides you through the process of differentiating a curriculum unit, including both choice boards and tiered assignments—all based on the Common Core.

    You will begin by writing essential questions and unit questions based on the Common Core to frame and focus your curriculum. You’ll find a format for mapping your curriculum and identifying target areas for differentiating instruction. Your curriculum map will serve as a resource in developing other strategies presented in the book.

    The book also provides a unit planning template that enables you to quickly and easily align student tasks, projects, and assessments with the Common Core State Standards.

    Finally, the process for designing choice boards and tiered assignments is introduced. Examples of these differentiated tasks based on Common Core are provided in multiple subject areas and grade levels.

    Diane Heacox, Ed.D.

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