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Methods of Differentiation in the Classroom

Methods of Differentiation in the Classroom
It’s a term that every teacher has heard during their training: differentiation. Differentiation is defined by the Training and Development Agency for Schools as ‘the process by which differences between learners are accommodated so that all students in a group have the best possible chance of learning’. In recent decades it has come to be considered a key skill for any teacher, especially those of mixed-ability classes. But what does it really mean? What is meant by ‘differences between learners’? In a large class, differences between students may on the face of it seem too numerous to be quantified, but differentiation works on 3 key aspects which can be summed up as follows: Readiness to learn Learning needs Interest These differences may sound rather broad, but by applying effective methods of differentiation, it is possible to cater for quite wide variations between learners. Task Grouping Resources Pace Outcome Dialogue and support Assessment

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Curriculum differentiation - Schools Plus - The Department of Education Ideas on adjusting the curriculum to meet the needs of all students Schools Plus would like to acknowledge that the information listed below is a body of knowledge that has been collected from a variety of sources - teachers, workshops, classrooms and schools. Set achievable tasks providing regular feedback throughout the activity Teach the student to organize themselves by listing tasks to be done and when they are due.

Using differentiation in mixed-ability classes 'Differentiation' is a term that you will no doubt have encountered during your training. However, really understanding the term, and effectively putting it into practice, can be one of the greatest challenges in the NQT year. "Differentiation a big issue for NQTs, mainly because they try to differentiate everything all the time and swamp themselves with too much," says Kate Aspin, senior lecturer in education at Huddersfield University. According to the Training and Development Agency for Schools, 'differentiation' is the process by which differences between pupils are accommodated so that all students have the best possible chance of learning. There are three categories of differentiation Ideally, you should be using all three types of differentiation to accommodate the different learning styles in the classroom.

A Teacher's Guide To Performance Assessment A Teacher’s Guide To Performance Assessment by Tom Vander Ark first appeared on A Teacher’s Guide To Performance Assessment by Tom Vander Ark In the narrowest sense, according to ETS, performance assessment is “A test in which the test taker actually demonstrates the skills the test is intended to measure by doing real-world tasks that require those skills, rather than by answering questions asking how to do them.” 10 Ways to Differentiate Instruction with Technology By Heidi Raki Differentiation and technology integration are two hot topics in education right now. They’re also two of my specialties, so I’d love to share 10 ways I like to differentiate instruction using technology. These strategies and technology resources are purposely not specific to grade level or subject, in an effort to be valuable to teachers of all grade levels. And because everybody’s technology situation is different, I have provided you with additional differentiated instructions in case you have just one computer in your classroom.

Differentiation - Geoff PettyGeoff Petty Differentiation is the process by which differences between learners are accommodated so that all students in a group have the best possible chance of learning. We used to teach subjects and classes – now we teach students. In the Third Edition of ‘Teaching Today’ Geoff Petty (2004) there is an appendix which summarises differentiation strategies, each of which is explained in detail in the book. The downloads on the Active Learning Page of this website are also very relevant. The materials that can be downloaded from this page are principally for teacher trainers and staff trainers. Diff making it happen is for managers of teaching teams or senior managers.

Differentiated programming Students are individuals who learn at different rates and in different ways. These individual differences may influence how students respond to instruction and how they demonstrate what they know, understand and can do. Individual differences may include: cognitive abilities, including students’ current level of understanding and ability in relation to a particular topic or skillprior learning experienceslearning styles and preferencesmotivation and engagement with learninginterests and talents. The dangers of differentiation…and what to do about them Image: @jasonramasami Differentiation seems to revolve around a dilemma. It is evidently clear that all students have different needs and areas of weakness; yet it is also true – or so it seems to me – that if we obsess about what they cannot do now, or do not know now, we risk losing sight of the direction we could be taking them in. Valiant attempts to ‘differentiate’ often prove counterproductive because, cumulatively, they decrease challenge in the long-term.

20 Simple Assessment Strategies You Can Use Every Day 20 Simple Assessment Strategies You Can Use Every Day by Saga Briggs The ultimate goal of teaching is understanding. But sometimes it’s easier to talk than to teach, as we all know, especially when we need to cover a lot of material in a short amount of time. We hope students will understand, if not now then before test time, and we keep our fingers crossed that their results will indicate we’ve done our job. The problem is, we often rely on these tests to measure understanding and then we move on. 50+ Tools for Differentiating Instruction Through Social Media Imagine a world where resources were limited to what was found in the classroom or the school closet known as the "Curriculum Materials Room." Picture a world where students wrote letters with pen and paper to communicate with other students and adults outside of the building. Due to postage costs, the teacher either sent the letters in bulk or paid for stamps out of his or her own pocket. Can you recall a time when student interests like skateboarding or video were never used as part of learning curriculum because the tools needed were either too expensive or not yet conceptualized? Do you remember a time when non-traditional learners struggled, and absenteeism meant a high likelihood of students doing poorly in school, and possibly having to retake the course? If you experienced none of these scenarios, then you live in a world of possibility because you grew up with the many social media tools available to support all learners.

10 Best TED Talks of 2014 for Educators TED Talks are a major source of inspiration for educators who need a morale boost, a discussion starter, or a new perspective. The year 2014 brought some of the best TED Talks for educators, but there are some not-to-be-missed talks from 2013 that still are highly relevant for educators today. Their messages are invaluable for educators who work tirelessly to inspire creativity, motivation, and determination in their students. The Danger of Silence A Teacher's Guide to Differentiating Instruction Introduction Does effectively teaching 30 students in one classroom require teachers to develop 30 lessons, one tailor-made for each student? Or should teachers “aim for the middle” and hope to reach most students in a given lesson? The answer is not simple. While most would agree it is impractical to try to individualize every lesson for every child, research has shown that teaching to the middle is ineffective. It ignores the needs of advanced students, often leaving them unchallenged and bored, while it intimidates and confuses lower functioning learners.

My Learning Journey: Can I be that little bit better at.....understanding why I might be getting differentiation wrong There are a few things in education that either scare me or confuse me. One such thing is the term differentiation. When I trained as a teacher we discussed the fact that students vary in ability in lessons. This is common sense and something anyone would be able to tell you.

6 Common Misunderstandings About Assessment Of Learning by Iain Lancaster, TeachThought Intern Over the past two decades there has been a lot written, and much discussion, around the use effective use of assessment in the classroom. Unfortunately many educators, particularly at the secondary school level, continue to cling tenaciously to “traditional” practices which are, at best ineffective and at worst, counterproductive to the goals of modern education. Here are six common misconceptions about assessment and evaluation that we could stand to rethink. 6 Common Misunderstandings About Assessment Of Learning