In my recent article regarding using Universal Design for Learning in remote classrooms, I mentioned Todd Rose’s term, “design to the edges,” which is what educators attempt to do each day as they accommodate the variety of learners in their classrooms.
While there are some ways to allow this to happen organically, such as with open-ended projects, differentiation also needs to be purposeful. With large class sizes and children of diverse abilities, backgrounds, and interests, this may seem to be a daunting task.
However, there are many tools that are out there that can be helpful, especially if the teacher and students have access to technology.
There are generally four areas where educators can adjust their lessons to support differentiation: Content, Process, Product, and Environment. For this article’s purpose, let’s assume that the environment is online – whether at school or at home – and look at some of the tools out there to help with Content, Process, and Product in the virtual setting.