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Differentiated and Personalized Learning

Differentiated and Personalized Learning by Education Librarian

Listed below are selected resources for teachers related to Differentiated and Personalized Learning.

Student-driven differentiation: 8 steps to harmonize learning in the classroom

by Lisa Westman

Grades: K-12

This book demonstrates how to incorporate student voice and choice in the process of planning for student-driven differentiation, starting with building collaborative student-teacher relationships as a precursor to student growth.

Lesson design for differentiated instruction, grades 4-9

by Kathy Tuchman Glass, foreword by H. Lynn Erickson

Grades: 4-9

Designed for teachers who are new to differentiating instruction, this book provides step-by-step guidance for creating meaningful lessons in language arts, math, science, and social studies at the upper elementary and middle school levels.

Personalizing learning through voice and choice

by Adam Garry, Amos Fodchuk, and Lauren Hobbs

Grades: K-12

This book introduces the key concepts of personalized learning and breaks down what personalized learning looks, sounds, and feels like in the classroom. The authors discuss structures that empower student voice and choice across a school, and lead to increased motivation for students.

Students at the Center: Personalized Learning with Habits of Mind

by Bena Kallick and Allison Zmuda

Grades: K-12

The authors map out a model of personalization that puts students at the center, and highlight the habits that empower students to pursue aspirations, investigate problems, design solutions, chase curiosities, and create performances.

The differentiated classroom: responding to the needs of all learners

by Carol Ann Tomlinson (E-book available here)

Grades: K-12

This book explains the theoretical basis of differentiated instruction, explores the variables of curriculum and learning environment, shares a range of instructional strategies, and then goes inside elementary and secondary classrooms in many subject areas to illustrate how teachers are applying differentiation principles and strategies to respond to the needs of all learners.

Differentiation for real classrooms: Making it simple, making it work

by Kathleen Kryza, Alicia Duncan, and S. Joy Stephens

Grades: K-12

Based on the authors’ “C U KAN” and “Chunk, Chew, and Check” frameworks, this book helps teachers to implement effective, differentiated instruction by identifying a clear learning target, getting to know their students as people and as learners, and understanding how to vary the learning pathways to the same target for different learners.

Differentiation that really works, Grades 3-5: Strategies from real teachers for real classrooms

by Cheryll M. Adams and Rebecca L. Pierce

Grades: 3-5

This book provides strategies and lesson ideas created and field-tested for heterogeneous classrooms, including exit cards, choice boards, cubing, graphic organizers, learning contracts, and tiered lessons. It also provides templates that can be used to develop new lessons using each strategy.

Differentiation for the adolescent learner: Accommodating brain development, language, literacy, and special needs

by Glenda Beamon Crawford

Grades: 7-12

The author focuses on the adolescent learner and outlines brain-compatible instructional strategies applicable to all students, including English Language Learners, gifted populations, and others with special needs. Readers will encounter a six-point differentiated model based on adolescents′ need for personal connection, appropriate intellectual challenge, emotional engagement, guided social interaction, metacognitive development, and a supportive learning environment.

Differentiated instruction made practical: Engaging the extremes through classroom routines

by Rhonda Bondie and Akane Zusho

Grades: K-12

This book introduces teachers to the All Learners Learning Every Day (ALL-ED) framework, which enables tailored instruction for every learner, not just the middle of the pack.


When you search for materials in this area, you may also want to search for “individualized instruction”, which is an older but still frequently used term.

Finding More Resources

To find more resources in this area, try the following:

  • Search using the General tab on the UBC Library website to look for material in all UBC Library branches.
  • Search using “Search Education Resources” box in the left hand bar on the Education Library website to limit your results to physical materials in the Education Library.
  • Use specific search terms, such as “individualized instruction”, “differentiated learning”, “personalized learning”, “equitable”, or “diversity”.
  • To find lesson plans, include “lesson plans”, “lesson planning”, or “activity programs” in your search terms.

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