I always thought I was doing a pretty good job at meeting the needs of the students in my room. I considered myself a strong advocate of modified assignments until I really began to understand what differentiated instruction really is. Differentiated instruction is truly about making sure that each student is academically successful. That does not mean less questions, or work that is a grade level below. It means taking the concept, standards, and benchmarks and presenting them to students in a way that every student can achieve mastery. It's about knowing each student and how they learn. It's about creating and maintaining a learning and teaching relationship. I was fortunate to be able to attend the differentiated instruction professional development in Las Vegas at the end of the 2009-2010 school year. The sessions that I attended opened my eyes. It was professional development where the money was well-spent. I came home with a new perspective and a host of ideas and strategies for my classroom. In this post I will provide some links and resources that I use in the classroom.