How to Differentiate Instruction in Academically Diverse Classrooms, 3rd Edition

How to Differentiate Instruction in Academically Diverse Classrooms, 3rd Edition
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We differentiate instruction to honor the reality of the students we teach. They are energetic and outgoing. They are quiet and curious. They are confident and self-doubting. They are interested in a thousand things and deeply immersed in a particular topic. They are academically advanced and "kids in the middle" and struggling due to cognitive, emotional, economic, or sociological challenges. More of them than ever speak a different language at home. They learn at different rates and in different ways. And they all come together in our academically diverse classrooms.

Written as a practical guide for teachers, this expanded third edition of Carol Ann Tomlinson's groundbreaking work covers the fundamentals of differentiation and provides additional guidelines and new strategies for how to go about it. You'll learn

  • What differentiation is and why it's essential.
  • How to set up the flexible and supportive learning environment that promotes success.
  • How to manage a differentiated classroom.
  • How to plan lessons differentiated by readiness, interest, and learning profile.
  • How to differentiate content, process, and products.
  • How to prepare students, parents, and yourself for the challenge of differentiation.

First published in 1995 as How to Differentiate Instruction in Mixed-Ability Classrooms, this new edition reflects evolving best practices in education, the experiences of practitioners throughout the United States and around the world, and Tomlinson’s continuing thinking about how to help each and every student access challenging, high-quality curriculum; engage in meaning-rich learning experiences; and feel at home in a school environment that "fits."


About the Author

Carol Ann Tomlinson is William Clay Parrish, Jr. Professor and Chair of Educational Leadership, Foundations, and Policy and co-director of the Institutes on Academic Diversity at the Curry School of Education, University of Virginia. She works throughout the United States and internationally with educators who want to create classrooms that are more responsive to a broad range of learners.

Tomlinson's experience as an educator includes 21 years as a public school teacher working with preschoolers, middle school students, and high school students. At the secondary level, she taught English, language arts, German, and history. She also administered district-level programs for struggling and advanced learners and was Virginia's Teacher of the Year in 1974.

At the University of Virginia, Tomlinson teaches undergraduates, master's students, and doctoral students, predominantly in the areas of curriculum design and differentiated instruction. She was named Outstanding Professor at Curry School of Education in 2004 and received an All-University Teaching Award in 2008. 

In 2014's EducationNext Edu-Scholar Public Presence rankings, she was named one of the two most influential higher education voices in the United States in Psychology and the 16th most influential in all education-related fields.

She has written more than 300 books, book chapters, articles, and other materials for educators, and her books have been translated into 12 languages.