Online course

Differentiating for Learning in STEM Teaching

Improve your teaching by diagnosing your students' current levels of understanding and differentiating for learning by task.

Differentiating for Learning in STEM Teaching

This course is part of the STEM Teaching program, which will enable you to develop your STEM teaching skills and enjoy your teaching more.

Why join the course?

When it comes to teaching in the classroom one size does not fit all. This free online course - designed for STEM teachers in primary and secondary schools, and sixth form and further education colleges - will help you improve your understanding and use of differentiating for learning within science, technology, engineering and maths subjects.

Understand Differentiating for Learning in theory and practice

Through this course you will:

  • see extensive real-life classroom video footage;
  • examine the key principles of effective differentiated learning;
  • focus on differentiating by task using examples from the STEM subjects;
  • get a range of practical ideas for how you can best respond to the assessment evidence elicited from your students;
  • and explore the links between Differentiating for Learning and Assessment for Learning.
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What topics will you cover?

Week 1: Key principles of Differentiating for Learning

  • Key Principle Number 1 - Everyone can develop knowledge, understanding and skills
  • Key Principle Number 2 - All students need to be challenged in their thinking in order to learn
  • Key Principle Number 3 - All learners in the classroom need to be motivated to learn

Week 2: Importance of diagnosing current levels of understanding

  • How do Assessment for Learning and Differentiating for Learning link
  • Assessing understanding
  • Modelled diagnostic activities

Week 3: Differentiating for Learning by Task - Part 1

  • Different ways of differentiating the learning
  • Enabling students to access the learning
  • Differentiating for Learning by Task - pyramids of learning
  • Differentiating for Learning by Task - quadrants

Week 4: Differentiating for Learning by Task - Part 2

  • Enabling students to access the learning through scaffolding
  • Differentiating for Learning by Task - thinking organisers and help desks

Week 5: Evaluating practice and next steps

  • Reflecting on learning
  • Linking back to key principles

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What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you'll be able to...

  • Assess some of the research literature about Differentiating for Learning
  • Identify a number of approaches for differentiating by task using examples from the STEM subjects
  • Explore the links between Differentiating for Learning and Assessment for Learning
  • Engage with some key principles of effective differentiated learning
  • Collaborate with peers, educators and mentors to try out activities and share thinking in order to help shift practice
  • Evaluate a range of practical ideas that can be used to elicit evidence from students and differentiate for their learning
  • Collect and analyse evidence from students on changes implemented in the classroom in order to critically reflect on own practice in order to prioritise next steps in own development

Who is the course for?

This course is designed for English-speaking teachers of STEM subjects in primary and secondary schools, and sixth form and FE colleges. It’s also relevant to trainee teachers, teacher trainers, those thinking about a career in STEM teaching and developers of STEM-related course materials.

It is a continuing professional development (CPD) course for people who, in the main, have a degree level qualification, or who are in the process of obtaining one.

Who will you learn with?

Andrea Mapplebeck

Former physics teacher, now supporting educators to develop teaching. Commissioned by National STEM Learning Centre to work with Dylan Wiliam & Chris Harrison to design & support AfL & DfL courses

Dylan Wiliam

Former school teacher, academic, and university administrator, now working with teachers and leaders around the world to improve educational outcomes for young people.

Chris Harrison

Reader in Science Education and Chair of ASE 2014-2015. Lead UK Researcher on Assessment for Learning. Research interests in Inquiry-learning, professional learning and CPD.

Who developed the course?

The National STEM Learning Centre provides world-class professional development activities and resources to support the teaching of STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) subjects.

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