Effective Practices

Tiered Assignments

PL-1, I-3, I-4

Description

Alerts

It is important for the teacher to communicate to the class why each person/group may be working on different tasks to avoid misunderstandings.

Be sure to prepare scoring guides/rubrics to assess different products fairly.

Quick Tips

Teachers can provide paper strips or index cards with different prompts, assignments, or questions to each student, include two or more tiered options and have students choose the right level of challenge for them.

Tier assignments by providing different levels of reading materials, forms of expression, levels of complexity, number of steps, and/or time allotted for the assignment.

Use flexible grouping to avoid labeling/tracking students. 

Resources

Choice by Choice with Tiered Instruction and Assessment

Tiered Curriculum Project

Examples of Tiered Assignments

Research

Other Strategies

Tiered Question

A strategy that allows the teacher to vary the complexity of the question according to the readiness level of the student.  Scaffolding the questions for understanding help build higher-order thinking through rigor into each interactions with students. Question stems may be based on Bloom’s Taxonomy.

Examples include:

a) What kind of bear lives in the North Pole?

b) Why are polar bears white?

c) How would you change a polar bear’s physiological make-up to help it survive in the desert?

Tiered Writing Prompts

A strategy that allows the teacher to vary the complexity of the writing prompt according to the readiness level of the student.

Examples include:

a) Describe how the character looks.

b) Describe why the character feels that way in the story.

c) Describe how the events in the story influence how the character behaves. 

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