Critical Elements in a Differentiated Classroom – Tiered Assignments and Flexible Instructional Groups


Presenter: Dr. Diane Heacox, St. Catherine University, St. Paul, MN
Core Area: Differentiated Curriculum
Grade Level: Elementary & Secondary
Hours: 1

Do you know the difference between differentiation and cooperative learning? Do you group students by likeness or by differences? In this informative and interactive course, Diane Heacox, Ed.D., explains what makes differentiation different! While you may have been using some differentiation activities in your classroom, this course will help you tap into the true power of this type of learning instruction.

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Differentiation in the classroom might be a little bit like riding a bike — you never forget how to do it, but you can also always learn a new trick or two! In this course, Diane Heacox, Ed.D., unpacks two important strategies: tiered assignments and flexible instructional grouping. If you are not using these two strategies correctly, you may not even be using differentiation. 

In this 1-hour course, you will learn:

  • The principles of tiered assignments and flexible grouping
  • How to design tiered assignments
  • How to determine student readiness
  • Other methods of tiered assignments
This course is aligned with 2016 ODE Teacher Competencies a, b, c, e, f, g and NAGC Teacher Preparation Standards 2.2, 3.3, 3.4, 5.1.

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341 reviews for Critical Elements in a Differentiated Classroom – Tiered Assignments and Flexible Instructional Groups

  1. Benjamin – SAN DIEGO ISD (verified owner)

    This is a positive course for strategies to produce differentiation. The ideas and process is ideal for creating a classroom environment ere everyone learns at their level of understanding. This also provides a strong analysis of what students know and how they learn.

  2. Elizabeth – ECTOR COUNTY ISD (verified owner)

    This course is informative and engaging.

  3. Hector – MCALLEN ISD (verified owner)

    good course.

  4. Josefina – UNITED ISD (verified owner)

    Helpful. I really enjoyed this training. I have been teaching for a while and it was clear and to the point. Thank you.

  5. Lauren – HARMONY SCIENCE ACADEMY & SCHOOL OF SCIENCE – HOUSTON SOUTH 101846 OR 101862 (verified owner)

    I liked the course

  6. Alicia – Region 17 (verified owner)

    It was very helpful. I have a better understanding of Tiers based on readiness or instructional needs.

  7. Karina – UNITED ISD (verified owner)

    It’s great!

  8. Rebekah – CARROLL ISD (verified owner)

    Great course to look at tiering and grouping and how they are different.

  9. Hermilo – WESLACO ISD (verified owner)

    I enjoyed it.

  10. Nianna – VALLEY VIEW ISD PHARR – REGION 01 (verified owner)

    There are some great ideas, but I feel it could be a lot more visual. It was a lot of audio and I didn’t get as much out of it as I could have if there had been more in-depth visuals of the modifications.

  11. Audria – WESLACO ISD (verified owner)


  12. Kelli – PROSPER ISD (verified owner)

    Very helpful in learning to Tier Assignments and making it less complicated.

  13. Michele – COLUMBUS CITY SCHOOL DISTRICT (verified owner)

    Very helpful.

  14. Debra – MIDLOTHIAN ISD (verified owner)

    This course was straight forward and to the point. It was easy to navigate and understand.

  15. Lori – Private Pay (verified owner)

    Great reminder of the differences between differentiation and cooperative learning groups.

  16. Brandi – MARION CITY (verified owner)

    Found some things very interesting.

  17. Bernardo – MCALLEN ISD (verified owner)

    I feel this course has helped me in my need to tier instruction to fit students of all ability levels in my classroom.

  18. Jennifer – WESLACO ISD (verified owner)

    It was a bit long, but very inforamtional.

  19. Rosa – UNITED ISD (verified owner)

    great information on how assignments should be tiered.

  20. enrique – SAN BENITO CISD (verified owner)

    excellent presenter

  21. Annette – PORT NECHES-GROVES ISD (verified owner)

    Tiered instruction is a new concept to me-I enjoyed this course.

  22. Daisy – LA FERIA ISD (verified owner)

    This course was very informative.

  23. Lynda – WESLACO ISD (verified owner)

    This course was very information and gave me insight on how to better differentiate using a tiered approach.

  24. Estella – WESLACO ISD (verified owner)

    Excellent presenter

  25. Christabel – WESLACO ISD (verified owner)


  26. Ana – UNITED ISD (verified owner)

    Great tier studies!

  27. Leanne – GALVESTON ISD (verified owner)

    Basic, with no secondary examples

  28. Melissa – SCHERTZ-CIBOLO-U CITY ISD (verified owner)

    Good training on tiered learning assignments. Really helps you understand how to use tiered assignments.

  29. Jean – MIDLOTHIAN ISD (verified owner)

    I loved this course – she gave multiple examples as she explained what tiering assignments meant for the classroom.

  30. Tanya – UNITED ISD (verified owner)

    This course gave specific examples on how to tier assignments and certain websites that could help guide teachers into creating tiered assignments.

  31. Adriana – UNITED ISD (verified owner)


  32. Jenny – WODEN ISD (verified owner)

    Great information and resources, highly recommend!

  33. Cynthia – Private Pay (verified owner)

    Excellent information and examples. The instructor was interesting and informative.

  34. Everardo – UNITED ISD (verified owner)

    I enjoyed this training and I can quite literally say it has changed my way of thinking. I can think of grouping as flexible and in a new manner.

  35. Jeannie – UNITED ISD (verified owner)

    Awesome presentation, explanation and examples about differentiating assignments.

  36. Carolyn – SCHERTZ-CIBOLO-U CITY ISD (verified owner)

    Very helpful for understanding the true meaning of differentiation when grouping students.

  37. Griselda – UNITED ISD (verified owner)

    nice topic

  38. Eliza – UNITED ISD (verified owner)

    I really enjoyed this one

  39. Mariana – UNITED ISD (verified owner)

    This course was amazing, I wish I would’ve taken it earlier in my career.

  40. Dora – UNITED ISD (verified owner)

    Great presentation

  41. Stacey – ALAMO HEIGHTS ISD (verified owner)

    It was interesting.

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