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.

DI in Action: Video Demos and Teacher Recommendations

Best practices discussed.

Video clip showing an elementary example of DI in action.

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

Ontario Ministry of Education Resources

Use this to reflect on and improve your practice.

Ontario Ministry of Education

Student Needs IPRC Exceptionalites Diagnosed Conditions