Differentiated Instruction Strategies Using Tiered Assignments

By: Janelle Cox

assignments“Many teachers use differentiated instruction strategies as a way to reach all learners and accommodate each student’s learning style. One very helpful tactic to employ differentiated instruction is called tiered assignments—a technique often used within flexible groups.

Much like flexible grouping—or differentiated instruction as a whole, really—tiered assignmentsdo not lock students into ability boxes. Instead, particular student clusters are assigned specific tasks within each group according to their readiness and comprehension—without making them feel completely compartmentalized away from peers at different achievement levels.

There are six main ways to structure tiered assignments: Challenge level, complexity, outcome, process, product, or resources. It is your job—based upon the specific learning tasks you’re focused on—to determine the best approach. Here we will take a brief look at these techniques.

Challenge Level

Tiering can be based on challenge level where student groups will tackle different assignmentsaltogether. Teachers can use Bloom’s Taxonomy as a guide to help them develop tasks of structure, or questions at various levels.” To read further please click here:

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