1st Edition

Differentiation From Planning to Practice, Grades 6-12

By Rick Wormeli Copyright 2007

    Differentiation: From Planning to Practice , author Rick Wormeli provides an overview of the cognitive science behind differentiation. As a teacher, you know a one-size-fits-all education doesn't work; students are more diverse than ever. In his book, Wormeli gives a step-by-step process to create a fully crafted differentiation lesson and shows the necessary planning for an effective lesson design for diverse classrooms.Wormeli demonstrates how to weave common and novel differentiation strategies into all subjects and offers clear advice about what to do when things don't go as expected. Based on nearly thirty years of experience as a teacher and instructional coach, his thoughtful and imaginative classroom accommodations will help teachers succeed with advanced students, struggling students, English language learners, and students across the multiple intelligences spectrum. Differentiation provides a practice guide to create lessons that will prepare students for real life success and build their critical thinking skills in the process.

    Chapter 1: Developing a Common Frame of Reference; Chapter 2: A Walk-Through of a Differentiated Lesson; Chapter 3: Helpful Structures and Strategies for the Differentiated Class; Chapter 4: Cognitive Science Structures and Tips That Help Us Differentiate; Chapter 5: Twelve Samples of Differentiated Learning Experiences from Multiple Subjects; A Final Word: Three Tips to Begin the Journey


    Rick Wormeli is a National Board Certified Teacher and a columnist for Middle Ground magazine. The winner of Disney’s American Teacher Award for English in 1996, Rick is an internationally known speaker on secondary education, innovation, and teacher professionalism. His other books include Fair Isn’t Always Equal (Stenhouse 2006), Day One and Beyond (Stenhouse 2003), and Meet Me in the Middle (Stenhouse 2001).

    "An accessible guide to a complex issue." - Education Review