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Tiered Instruction

Tiering allows teachers to "... create multiple paths for learning one key understanding or concept" (Tiered Instruction, 2004).  Tiered tasks and instruction can be differentiated according to student interest, readiness, and/or learning profile.  Each tier of the task will have more or less scaffolding depending on the individual needs of the students.

When teachers use this strategy, it is helpful to determine the desired key concept and learning outcomes that all students should be able to achieve at the end of the learning.  Pre-assessment is integral to help determine needs and grouping.  Once assessments are complete, teachers will plan what they will tier:

Resources:
Best Practices: Tiered Instruction - description, process, examples, assessment strategies and resources associated with TI

Differentiating Instruction - nice bulleted list toward the bottom of the page about "developing a tiered activity" and "The Equalizer to chart the complexity of an activity."

MCPS: Tiered Instruction - definition of tiered instruction, what to adjust when tiering, and other helpful information

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2008