Students do not arrive at your classroom door with the same background knowledge or readiness, so you are constantly required to differentiate instruction. There are general notes and suggestions in the “Universal Access” section in the front matter of the Teacher Edition. You will find specific suggestions for differentiation of instruction within the “Lesson Activity” notes or in the Universal Access section at the end of the teacher notes for many lessons. These notes include questions to ask students when they need a nudge to move on with the lesson and extension questions for students who need more challenge. Asking well-crafted questions is one of the best ways to differentiate instruction, so prepare a set of questions as a resource. Include some questions to check for prior understanding, some to help students explain their thinking, and some to extend thinking. Be prepared to ask individual students within teams to respond to these questions depending on their depth of understanding or their need for help in attaining a basic understanding of the concept(s).
In some lesson notes you will find a discussion of typical points of confusion, common misconceptions, or anticipated errors and suggestions for how to address them along with information about the core problems and any extension and enrichment problems. Each lesson lists the core problems that all students need to complete, but which students do the non-core problems in your classroom may vary from day to day.
When more than the lesson notes and student textbook is needed you should refer to the Universal Access document in the front of the Teacher’s Edition. This document lists and discusses various strategies to use with various learners’ needs. The last few pages of this resource address literary support strategies.