If you are someone who has been trying to make the connection between differentiation and the Common Core, you may want to take the time to watch the following webinar by with Dr. Carol Ann Tomlinson (here).
If you don’t have the time, several salient points to consider while lesson planning and writing meaningful curriculum:
- Teachers must expect all students to apply complex thought and ideas when working through a task
- Differentiation should always be about lifting up and never about watering down.
- We must all learn to appropriately scaffold learning so that we are meeting the rigor implicit in the Core standards
- Textbooks no longer define what students should learn
At minute 36:15, explicit connections are made between differentiation and Tomlinson’s “Learning Up” framework and the “instructional shifts.”