Differentiated Instruction

Depth
Challenging students to
pursue the core curriculum
with a deeper and more
elaborate understanding 
Complexity
Finding multiple solutions
and perspectives to make
connections and
relationships to the core
curriculum 
 
Novelty
Engaging in studies that
develop new concepts and
reflect on original ideas
 Acceleration
Increasing the rate or pace of
instruction thus enabling
students to acquire additional
knowledge
Differentiated Lessons…
  • Accept and nurture individual scholar’s aptitude for academic growth
  • Reveal students’ potential by integrating open-ended and tiered instructional practices
  • Allow for student choice and for scholars to set individual learning goals
  • Encourage ALL scholars to strive to do their best by extending & accelerating the core curriculum
Students learn the Dimensions of Depth and Complexity* and apply them in the core curriculum in Kindergarten, 1st, and 2nd grades.
  
Students continue to utilize the Dimensions of Depth and Complexity* and learn Content Imperatives* as well as independent research/study skills in 3rd, 4th, 5th, and 6th grades. 
 
Kindergarten: Details, Patterns, Language of the Discipline*
 

1st Grade: Rules, Relate over Time, Multiple Perspectives, Unanswered Questions*

2nd Grade: Big Ideas, Across Disciplines, Trends, Ethics*

3rd Grade: Origin, Parallel, Contributions*

4th Grade: Convergence, Paradox*

Students ponder individual interests/goals, learn basic research skills, and apply Depth and Complexity* and Content Imperatives* to the core curriculum.

5th Grade: Students initiate independent study/research projects while incorporating Depth & Complexity and Content Imperatives.*
 
6th Grade: Students continue independent research, create authentic products, and pursue making connections to real-world experts in their chosen field of study.
  

*© J Taylor Education: Bette Gould, Sandra Kaplan; www.jtayloreducation.com