In order to differentiate effectively, you must be familiar with the strengths and needs of every one of your students.  Even if your class is grouped by achievement or ability, the students are not all exactly the same. 

Not sure why you have to differentiate?  Look at Task 2.  The prompts ask how you engage and challenge students.  You need to plan for that!

Here are a few things you can do before you start planning to ensure your plans are differentiated to meet the needs of all students.

  • Review each IEP and 504 plan
  • Talk with your cooperating teacher and ask questions.

Here are some more questions to consider:

  • Are there any students with IEPs?  Can you help me understand what modifications I will need to make for them?
  • Are there any students with 504 plans? What should I do to help them achieve?
  • Who are the struggling readers?  The above level readers?
  • Who is especially shy and will need drawing out?