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Methods or tiering lessons (adapted from Heacox, D. (2012). Differentiating Instruction in the Regular Classroom.

MN: FreeSprit)
Tiering method
Used when
Tiered by challenge
Students are at different
Use Blooms taxonomy to
All students receive a lesson on
levels of readiness, some
design activities
biomes (tundra, jungle, forest, desert,
need reinforcement and
(independent or small
aquatic). All students create a
some need enrichment
group) and different levels
PowerPoint show.
of difficulty. Generally
Knowledge level: one slide for each
teacher choses the groups. biome, listing the characteristics and
including a picture.
Analysis level: compare and contrast
2 biomes. Be sure to include climate,
life forms, and geography.
Evaluation level: each student is
assigned a biome and must rate the
biome in regard to hospitality to
human life.
Tiered by resources
Generally used to address
Groups are given materials All students view a teachertube video
the needs of students at
that meet their individual
about the changes in nature during
different reading levels.
learning needs, but are all
spring. Groups are assigned to
still focused on achieving
develop a presentation about what
the same outcomes.
changes occur in different areas
Generally teacher choses
(weather, insects, animals, plants).
the groups.
Groups are chosen by the teacher
and then materials are given.
Materials for each group are at
specified reading levels. All groups
come together to share their findings.
Tiered by product
Used to address student
Based on Gardners
All students are to show the plot of
preferences and interests.
Multiple Intelligences.
the story they have just read.
Generally students choose
Students can choose between writing
their product.
a paragraph (verbal linguistic), filling
in a graphic organizer (visual spatial),
creating and acting out a short play
(bodily kinesthetic).
Keep in mind that all students, regardless of the tiering method used, should demonstrate mastery of your standards-based
learning outcome, be appropriately challenged and be engaged throughout the lesson.