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Differentiation and the Brain

How Neuroscience Supports the Learner-Friendly Classroom

Examine the basic principles of differentiation in light of what current research on educational neuroscience has revealed. This research pool offers information and insights that can help educators decide whether certain curricular, instructional, and assessment choices are likely to be more effective than others. Learn how to implement differentiation so that it achieves the desired result of shared responsibility between teacher and student.


  • Discover ways to better meet the needs of increasingly diverse students.
  • Learn more about how the brain learns and about approaches to differentiation.
  • Understand the science behind teaching the best content in the best possible way.
  • Design and implement strategies for effective differentiated teaching.
  • Create a positive and productive learning environment.

Differentiation and the Brain


Chapter 1: The Nonnegotiables of Effective Differentiation
Chapter 2: Mindset, Learning Environment, and Differentiation
Chapter 3: Curriculum and Differentiation
Chapter 4: Classroom Assessment and Differentiation
Chapter 5: Differentiating in Response to Student Readiness
Chapter 6: Differentiating in Response to Student Interest
Chapter 7: Differentiating in Response to Student Learning Profile
Chapter 8: Managing a Differentiated Classroom


Chapter 2

Chapter 3

Chapter 4

Chapter 5

Chapter 6

Chapter 7

Chapter 8