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Tiered Instruction

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Tiering is an instructional approach designed to have students of differing readiness levels work with essential knowledge, understanding, and skills but to do so at levels of difficulty appropriately challenging for them as individuals at a given point in the instructional cycle.  To tier an activity or work product:


  • Clearly establish what students should know, understand, and be able to do as a result of the activity or product assignment.
  • Select elements to tier.
  • Develop one activity or product assignment that is interesting and engaging for students, squarely focuses on the stated learning goals, and requires students to work at a high level of thought. 
  • Design a similar task for struggling learners.  The task should make adjustments based on student readiness.
  • If needed, develop a third, more advanced activity for learners who have already mastered the basic concepts or skills being addressed.


From Fulfilling the Promise of the Differentiated Classroom by Carol-Ann Tomlinson 


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