Differentiated Instruction

What it is

Teaching methods that focus on a variety of techniques to meet student learning needs by varying the content, process or products of the learning based on the learner’s readiness and interests.


• Use a variety of learning materials.
• Create instructional activities using multiple intelligences (linguistic, logical, mathematical, spatial, bodily-kinaesthetic, musical, interpersonal, intrapersonal, naturalistic).
• Create a positive, student-centred learning environment.
• Use multiple resources (including technology) and texts.
• Give students a choice in learning and assessment activities.
• Encourage individual projects.
• Increase the use of Bloom’s Taxonomy (knowledge, comprehension, application, analysis, synthesis and evaluation).
• Encourage personal connections to the new learning.


For creating, sharing and reading digital stories

Recommended books, articles and other sites

DI in Action: Video Demos and Teacher Recommendations

Best practices discussed.

Reading and Writing focus

Video clip showing an elementary example of DI in action.

PowerPoint Games

Video clip with teacher recommending DI in a secondary school context, focusing on scaffolding.

Universal Design for Learning
Variety of DI Resources
Ontario Ministry of Education Resources

Use this to reflect on and improve your practice.

Ontario Ministry of Education

Ontario Ministry of Education document.

Ontario Ministry of Education

Page on Ontario Ministry of Education EDU GAINS website, with definitions, resources and strategies on Differentiated Instruction.