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This course was developed to be completed as part of the Gifted Education Professional Development Course. Learn more about the course purpose, content, and structure.

Even with varying perspectives, teachers can develop a common definition of differentiation. For the purpose of this module, differentiation is defined as follows:

Differentiated instruction is a method of planning for learning that includes a variety of instructional interventions and strategies that are individually applied to enable all students in the classroom to learn in a manner that best fits their needs.

Differentiating an educational experience for advanced learners (see e.g., Tomlinson et al., 2003) in part entails finding locations within the core curriculum that offer learning challenges to students who have already mastered the core curriculum at their grade level (and often beyond). The Foundational Concepts on acceleration and advanced curriculum talk about this type of differentiation.

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