Providing effective Differentiation continues to be a challenge for teachers in schools throughout the world and is often highlighted as an area for improvement in school inspection reports too. It is also true that many suggest it is actually impossible to differentiate effectively for all pupils! However, by re-thinking what Differentiation really IS and by re-thinking what we DO in the classroom, it becomes possible to differentiate in a way that is both highly effective and sustainable.
Develop a deeper understanding of the role of Differentiation
Explore practical approaches to raise challenge and to support all learners
Acquire a range of specific strategies to support students with additional learning needs
DAY ONE Session One: What Do We Really Mean By ‘Differentiation’?
– An exploration of the educational philosophy behind so called Differentiation
– Consider the impact this has had on teaching and learning across the world
– Look at exciting new models of Differentiation
– Consider effective Differentiation as a constant and what a teacher does all the time
DAY ONE Session Two: So How Can We Differentiate Effectively?
– A look at a range of fully road-tested practical strategies to challenge all learners that have high impact and are low on teacher preparation time
– SOLO Taxonomy as a means of Differentiation
– Language… a detailed look at the issues of spelling and grammar
– Language… creating a language rich environment
DAY ONE Session Three: How Can We Ensure All Learners Are Challenged Appropriately?
– Picking apart a number of ideas for maximising challenge and independence for learners
– A specific look at additional needs pupils within a mainstream classroom
– A short session for EAL and multilingual students
– The role of meta-cognition as a technique to stretch learners
DAY TWO Session Four: How Can We Use Formative Assessment to Further Support Differentiation?
– A run through practical ideas to assess learning and progress that are quick and easy to use
– An examination of the concept of ‘responsive teaching’ as one of the most effective ways of using formative assessment techniques to support Differentiation
– The role of feedback and how varying its depth will assist with Differentiation too
– Once feedback has taken place, how do we ‘differentiate’ after that
DAY TWO Session Five: How Can We Improve Questioning Skills to Support Differentiation?
– A ‘pick and mix’ of ideas to develop questioning skills and improve pupil responses across the ability and age range
– Using the Questioning Matrix for embedding Socratic Techniques
– Further strategies for EAL students
– Further strategies for multilingual students
DAY TWO Session Six: Which ‘Digital Tools’ Might Help Support Differentiation?
– An exploration into the digital world to try out some great applications for the 21st Century classroom
– Raising engagement and challenge using IT
– Stretching and challenging the more able
– Differentiation and modern ‘Project Based Learning’
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