The simplest way
to differentiate instruction and teach in mixed-ability classrooms
is with a simple method called Layered Curriculum. Developed by Kathie
Nunley, a former high school teacher in Salt Lake City, the method
allows students to learn at their own pace, mostly in their preferred
learning modality and still demands the highest accountability standards.
This method divides
an instructional unit into 3 layers, called C, B and A. The C layer
consists of a wide variety of assignment choices with teach basic
facts, skills, vocabulary and technique. The B layer offers an assortment
of projects and labs and other problem solving activities which allow
students to demonstrate an application of the knowledge and skills
gained in the C layer. The A layer requires students to critically
analyze a current issue in the real world which relates to the unit
of study. Students work their way through the various layers which
then determine their earned mark of a C, B or A grade.
include lecture, problem solving, textbook reading, computer work,
videos, worksheets, artwork, models, demonstrations and research.
is paramount to Layered Curriculum, as students are awarded points
only for learning rather than simply "doing" assignments. This is
accomplished through individual oral defense, or small group discussion
of all assignments.