Author, educator and differentiation expert Carol Tomlinson defines differentiation as tailoring instruction to meet individual needs. Whether teachers differentiate content, process, products, or the learning environment, the use of ongoing assessment and flexible grouping makes this a successful approach to instruction. Teacher April Giddens applies this definition in her classroom but offers her own, more emphatic, definition, as she says, “Differentiation is simply fantastic!” On any given day you’ll find the students in Giddens’ sixth-grade language arts classes at Natchitoches Magnet School in Natchitoches, Louisiana, writing songs and poems, creating skits and even developing interactive games to play with their classmates on the SMART Board interactive whiteboard – all in the name of differentiating instruction to help students succeed in the classroom. Giddens, the 2012 Louisiana Teacher of the Year, has been employing differentiation as a teaching strategy for her entire 16-year teaching career. “I’ve always used differentiation in my classroom.