Making Differentiation a Habit: How to Ensure Success in Academically Diverse Classrooms (Free Spirit Professional™) (Paperback)

Making Differentiation a Habit: How to Ensure Success in Academically Diverse Classrooms (Free Spirit Professional™) By Diane Heacox, Ed.D. Cover Image
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Updated edition of a popular resource helps teachers seamlessly integrate differentiation practices into their daily routine.

In this updated edition of her guide to daily differentiated instruction, Diane Heacox outlines the critical elements for success in today’s class­rooms. She gives educators evidence-based differentiation strategies and user-friendly tools to optimize teaching, learning, and assessment for all students. New features include an expanded section on grading, informa­tion on connections between personalized learning and differentiation, integration of strategies with tier one instructional interventions, scaf­folding strategies, revised planning templates, and updated resources, which include digital tools and apps for assessment. Digital content includes customizable forms from the book. A free downloadable PLC/Book Study Guide is available at

About the Author

Diane Heacox, Ed.D., is an award-winning author, consultant, and professional development trainer focusing on strategies to increase learning success for all students. She is Professor Emerita at St. Catherine University in St. Paul, Minnesota. Dr. Heacox has taught at both elementary and secondary school levels and has served as a gifted education teacher and administrator, as well as an instructional specialist in public education. She lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Praise For…

“I loved the first edition of this book, yet find this updated edition to be even better! Diane does a masterful job of citing essential educational research and joining it with practical differentiation strategies for classroom teachers and school administrators. I particularly appreciate her focus on gifted students and students with learning difficulties, since these are the most likely groups to need differentiated instruction. Additionally, Diane connects Response to Intervention (RTI) and ways to implement personalized learning as parts of the differentiation habit. The most significant part of the book for me, however, is the chapter entitled ‘Using Ethical Grading Practices.’ Grading in a differentiated classroom seems to be the greatest challenge for many teachers when they begin to differentiate their instruction. Diane offers several excellent strategies for dealing with this issue. I recommend that this chapter be carefully read and discussed in every school.”
— Carolyn Coil, Ed.D., educational consultant and author
Product Details
ISBN: 9781631982071
ISBN-10: 1631982079
Publisher: Free Spirit Publishing
Publication Date: August 4th, 2017
Pages: 192
Language: English
Series: Free Spirit Professional™