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It has often been noted that when a teacher hears the term ‘differentiation’, it immediately makes them picture extra worksheets and mind-numbing planning.
However, time-saving and productive differentiation planning strategies are important for teachers, allowing them to provide accessible and challenging lesson content for their pupils.
This unit explores planning for differentiation in the classroom and how teachers can develop their ability to organise and manage pupils as they work on different tasks at different rates.
Aims and outcomes
- Identify your strengths and areas for development in terms of differentiated teaching.
- Understand the crucial characteristics of good differentiation.
- Develop strategies for organising your classroom and engaging pupils in the process of providing appropriate challenges.
Unit 3: Supporting the needs of individual pupils
Step 1: What do we mean by differentiation?
Step 2: Designing challenging tasks
Step 3: Differentiation in your classroom
Step 4: Pattern cards
Step 5: Challenge cards
Step 6: Gathering pupil views
Step 7: Differentiation unit review: what’s changed?
End of Unit 3 quiz