Differentiation reflection tool

Effective differentiation in teaching requires you to consider your students’ a) characteristics, b) voice and autonomy, and c) attention and learning profiles. It also requires consideration to a) build meaningful peer relationships, b) scaffold students’ learning, and c) create routine, repetition, and structure in your classroom. 

This simple and practical downloadable resource is designed to prompt you to think critically about the way you implement differentiation in your teaching, providing ideas to help you develop an inclusive learning environment. 

Several evidence-based strategies are outlined under each heading to help you reflect on your approach to differentiation in teaching. You can complete this individually, or with your teaching team. 

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School Excellence Framework alignment

Wellbeing, Effective classroom practice

Australian Professional Standards for Teachers alignment

Standard 1: Know students and how they learn


School leaders, primary teachers


This tool can be adopted by school leaders and teachers to reflect on differentiated teaching practice.


Timeframes and when to use

This resource can be used at any time to provide further information and practice guidance

Evidence base

This resource was developed with the AllPlay Learn team who conducted a series of systematic reviews of the empirical literature, with over 177,000 articles screened. The resources remain up-to-date, with content reflecting best practice reviewed by a world-class multidisciplinary research team, led by Monash University.


November 2021. Share your feedback here