EDU 382 Meeting the Needs of Diverse Learners: Week 5 DQ 1


Managing a Differentiated Classroom


Differentiated instruction will require students doing different things at one time. In order to effectively differentiate your instruction, the classroom must be orderly and flexible. This means that students are aware of your expectations and structure, but they have the freedom to work according to their individual learning needs. 

Take a moment to review the following video on a third grade teacher differentiating her instruction for a science lesson: Content Differentiation in 3rd Grade Science (

After reviewing the video, answer the following questions:


  • How does this teacher lead students and effectively manage her classroom? In what ways was her instruction differentiated? Be specific.
  • On page 168, decide which of the four classroom environments this teacher exhibits based on teacher management beliefs and styles (dysfunctional, adequate, orderly-restrictive, or orderly-flexible). Provide a rationale for your opinion with evidence from the text.
  • How does this teacher adhere to and implement the seven basic principles of leading students? Give examples to support your opinion.


Be sure to utilize the text to support your assertions.


Carefully review the Discussion Forum Grading Rubric for the criteria that will be used to evaluate this Discussion Thread.


Book: Kajitani, A. (2013). Owning it: Proven strategies for success in all of your roles as a teacher today. Oceanside, CA: Kajitani Education Publication


  1. Chapter 3


Book:  Sousa, D. A. & Tomlinson, C. A. (2011). Differentiation and the brain: How neuroscience supports the learner-friendly classroom. Bloomington, IN: Solution Tree Press.


  1. Chapter 8: Managing a Differentiated Classroom 



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