Tiered instruction

The use of tiered instruction and student choice allows learners to work within their zone of proximal development, which means they are working at a level that suits them.

Tiered instruction combines assessment and instruction

"Tiered instruction aligns complexity to the readiness levels and learning needs of students. The teacher plans different kinds and degrees of instructional support and structure, depending upon each student’s level. Tiered instruction allows all students to focus on essential concepts and skills yet still be challenged at the different levels on which they are individually capable of working (n.p)."

Kingore (2006)

Examples of tiered instruction:

  • Tier 1: Tasks for learners with advanced readiness and skills for the curriculum level.
  • Tier 2: Tasks for learners with readiness and skills for the curriculum level.
  • Tier 3: Tasks for learners with less readiness and skills for the curriculum level.