I used to be scared of differentiation. That is, until I started doing it. Before, I used to imagine some classroom filled with inboxes reflecting every possible option for each lesson, a tracked version of segregation that added ten times the work to my workload and prep time for each and every lesson. I imagined it to be something like this:
If you are interested in cars, your activity can be found in the blue box. If you are drawn more to the culinary arts, please look in the yellow inbox. If you like to doodle in the margins, please find your next activity in the red box, and if you are still scoring below basic on your reading assessment, you can find your activity in the green box.