In EdSpeak: A Glossary of Education Terms, Phrases, Buzzwords, and Jargon, Diane Ravitch defines differentiating instruction as a form of instruction that seeks to "maximize each student's growth by recognizing that students have different ways of learning, different interests, and different ways of responding to instruction.
"In practice, it involves offering several different learning experiences in response to students' varied needs.
"Educators may vary learning activities and materials by difficulty, so as to challenge students at different readiness levels; by topic, in response to students' interests; and by students' preferred ways of learning or expressing themselves" (p. 75).
What Is (and Is Not) Differentiated Instruction?
Keep best practices for differentiating instruction to meet the needs of all students top of mind. (PDF)