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What is Differentiated Instruction?

A teacher can vary the content, process, environment or product for an individual or small group in order to differentiate instruction.

Differentiating instruction means that teachers observe and understand the differences and similarities among students and use this information to personalize instruction. Sprig learning allows for the differentiation of all four of the following components.


Content refers to what is taught. For eg: the curriculum or the lesson plan devised by the teacher.

Process refers to how the content is taught. For eg: the method of instruction employed by the teacher.

Environment refers to where the content is taught. For eg: the classroom that is set up by the teacher.

Product refers to how the learning is assessed. For eg: the modes of assessments used by the teacher.

Read our report on Differentiated Instruction about how data is used to inform classroom instruction.