This website is an outgrowth of several workshops in the Leon County Schools, Tallahassee, Florida.  Included are background information, related academic resources and sample lessons generated by participants in the workshops and seminars, as well as links to other related differentiated instruction websites.  We hope that this website assists teachers as they begin to differentiate in their classrooms.

Information Sources
Sample Lessons
The Differentiated Clasroom:Responding to the Needs of All Learners
by Carol Ann Tomlinson - This ASCD website (Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development) provides a summary, rationale, background information and resources to order  www.ascd.org
Summary of Tomlinson's  ASCD book
Marching to Different Drummers, 2nd Edition by Pat Burke Guild and Stephen Garger
Differentiating Instruction: Finding Manageable Ways to Meet Individual Needs (Excerpt)
by Scott Willis and Larry Mann Winter 2000
Teaching in mixed-ability classrooms
Teachers guide students down many 
paths to a common destination

Learning Styles and Multiple Intelligences

This site provides an explanation of learning styles & multiple intelligences, how to make a learning style work for you, and an interactive learning styles test.

Multiple Intelligences and Learning
More information on multiple intelligences and implications for the classroom teacher

Brain Connection
Read about current research about the brain

Bloom's Taxonomy
Learn how to incorporate various activities related to the six levels of Bloom's taxonomy

Other related Academic Resources
Reading Quest.org 
This site is designed for teachers who wish to more effectively engage their students with the content in their classes.

Links to all you ever wanted to know about rubrics.

Preparing All Learners for Success
21st Century Assessment, Dr. Wally Bouchillon, 
Univ. of West Florida

Teaching Resources for Florida Exceptional Student Education

FSU's Center for Performance Technology and the Florida DOE features a web site designed to simplify the work of teachers, school administrators, special services staff, parents, and others interested in the progress of all Florida's students.
Grades K-12
Tiered Lessons/Units
This website is the gateway to survival in the mixed-ability classroom.  Based on current brain-imaging information, Dr. Nunley's Layered Curriculum is a completely student-centered teaching method, which uses a triangular-shaped model of 3 layers, each requiring a higher level of understanding.

Leon County Teachers' Differentiated Lessons

In a differentiated classroom, a teacher must know his/her students through both formal and informal assessment prior to presenting a new concept or unit of study.  Therefore these lessons and units are merely guides for teachers.  Through on-going assessment, teachers will need to appropriately modify activities to meet their students' needs.


Middle/High School

Other Teacher Ideas
The ideas in the bottom section of each of the lesson pages, developed by Leon County teachers, vary in levels of differentiation.  Some merely provide a frame of reference for teachers to use with individual or groups of students, while other activities will hopefully trigger teachers' creative juices and be stepping stones to differentiating in their classrooms. 

Do you have some great ideas, lesson plans or units
   that you'd like to share?  Click the next button!


Differentiated Instruction Lesson Template

Product Resources
ASCD Products for Differentiated Instruction

Book Resources from ASCD

Teaching Gifted Kids in the Regular Classroom, by Susan Winebrenner

Teaching Kids with Learning Difficulties in the Regular Classroom, by S. Winebrenner


Send your suggestions for effective teacher
  websites and samples of your lessons to Linda
  Oaksford, Leon County Schools, at

Created June, 2002