Getting Started with Differentiating Mathematics, K-5

Based on the work of Nanci N. Smith

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The purpose of this course is to help you gain a deeper understanding of factors to consider when differentiating instruction, understand what differentiation is and is not, and help students progress based on their individual needs.

You’ll leave with practical approaches to teaching for learning differences and insights into achieving doable daily differentiation for ALL students in K–5 classrooms.


By the end of the course, you will be able to:

  • Describe categories that make learners unique
  • Describe the characteristics of a differentiated lesson
  • Identify students in terms of readiness, interest, and learning profile


Course Modules Include:

  • Introduction
  • Module 1: Differentiation by Readiness
  • Module 2: Differentiation at a Glance
  • Module 3: Strategies for Understanding Learners
  • Capstone

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Purchase 15-hour course