One of the biggest roadblocks preventing teachers from differentiating is the **concern that every student needs to do every task**. Folks will write me:

Not all of my students will be able to get to all six of these steps.

Exactly! That’s differentiation. **Some students will do different things from other students.**

So, when you build a beautiful sequence of questions, do so with these expectations:

*most*students will not get all the way through the sequence- in many years,
*no one*will get to the final step - some students will not even get to the second
*half*of the sequence

But this is how you differentiate! **You plan ahead for a very high ceiling.** Then, when you do have a handful of mega-geniuses in your class, you’re not stuck wondering what to do with those early finishers!

PS: The *next* common roadblock is always, “But how do I *grade* all of that!” Oh, that’s easy. Stop grading everything, silly!