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.
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:
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