Differentiated Instruction: Maximizing Learning for All

Differentiated instruction aims to help address student differences and is shown to have a strong positive effect on learning outcomes across all groups, but many teachers do not fully understand the concept or are hesitant to implement it for a variety of reasons. In this pragmatic course, you will uncover many approaches to differentiated instruction and practical ways to introduce it into your classroom. You will study how environment and mindset influence the alignment of curriculum, assessment, and instruction as well as various strategies to differentiate all three.

In this course, you will:

  • Understand the importance of alignment between curriculum, assessment, and instruction,
  • Recognize the connection between Understanding by Design and differentiated instruction,
  • Define pre-assessment, formative assessment, and summative assessment,
  • Identify the ways that curriculum can be differentiated, i.e., content, process, and product, and
  • Identify the steps to getting started with differentiation.

SCECHs Granted

4

Who should take this course?

Teacher

What grade level(s) does this course apply to?

Early Childhood
High School
Lower Elementary
Middle School
Upper Elementary

Course Partner

MDE

Course Vendor

Michigan Virtual

Limited Course Capacity

We’re sorry to inform you that we have reached capacity for several of our Semester 1 and Trimester 1 courses. You’ll notice when attempting to enroll students in our Student Learning Portal that some courses are unavailable. While we are no longer accepting new enrollments for these courses at this time, many courses continue to remain open for enrollment.

With many students across the state 100% remote, demand for our online courses is greater than ever before. Because every course we offer is taught by a Michigan-certified teacher, this high volume of enrollments has created capacity issues for our teachers who provide each and every student with individual feedback.

While the Michigan Virtual team anticipated and planned for significant increases in student enrollments this Fall, the increased demand we’ve experienced has been unprecedented. As a result, we are taking steps to hire even more part-and full-time teachers to support larger numbers of student enrollments for Semester 2 as well as for Trimester 2 and 3. 

For schools that still need online learning options this year, please fill out the form at the bottom of our virtual pathways page to meet with someone to discuss other solutions. While some of our teacher-led courses are full, we may still have the capacity to help you in upcoming terms or can discuss timing to implement a whole-school or collaborative program in which local teachers from your school/district use our online course content to teach students. We also have free course content and resources available for you to use.

We know this is an incredibly stressful time for all, and we’re sorry if the courses you’re looking for are unavailable. We never want to turn away a student who wants to learn from us. Our top concern, however, is student success, and we have a policy to not take on additional enrollments if we cannot guarantee that all students will have a quality online learning experience. 

We appreciate your patience and understanding as we navigate the unusually high volume of enrollments we are receiving.