• NATIONAL STEM LEARNING CENTRE

Differentiation for Learning

Improve your teaching by developing how you provide differentiated learning opportunities for all your students.

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Differentiation for Learning
  • Duration3 weeks
  • Weekly study3 hours
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Learn effective differentiation for learning to enable all students to progress

Every student is different, entering classrooms with varying ideas and understanding. This course will help you improve your understanding and use of differentiating for learning for both primary and secondary education.

You will explore the key principles of effective differentiation for learning, see how teachers use these approaches in their classrooms, and learn how to differentiate for learning by task. Real classroom footage and examples are provided from science and maths lessons.

You will leave the course feeling confident in your ability to respond to evidence of your students’ learning and address their different needs.

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Syllabus

  • Week 1

    Supporting all students to develop knowledge, understanding and skills

    • The link between learning and differentiation

      The link between learning and differentiation

    • Scaffolding learning

      Scaffolding learning

    • Concluding the first week of the course

      Concluding the first week of the course

  • Week 2

    Nurturing a differentiated learning environment to motivate all learners

    • Developing a learning classroom culture

      Developing a learning classroom culture

    • Belief in the potential of all

      Belief in the potential of all

    • Developing students’ motivation

      Developing students’ motivation

    • Concluding the second week of the course

      Concluding the second week of the course

  • Week 3

    The importance of challenge if learning is to occur

    • Challenge for all

      Challenge for all

    • Using differentiation to increase challenge and ownership of learning

      Using differentiation to increase challenge and ownership of learning

    • Developing your practice

      Developing your practice

    • Drawing the course to a close

      Drawing the course to a close

When would you like to start?

Start straight away and learn at your own pace. If the course hasn’t started yet you’ll see the future date listed below.

What will you achieve?

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

  • Describe the key principles of differentiation for learning.
  • Evaluate a range of practical ideas that can be used to scaffold students’ 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
  • Develop a classroom culture that motivates all learners.
  • Identify approaches to increase challenge and ownership of learning within their teaching context.

Who is the course for?

This course is for teachers, curriculum leaders, teaching assistants, newly qualified teachers, trainee teachers and others involved in teaching Science, Engineering, Technology, Computing or Maths. It’s suitable for educators working at primary, secondary or further education (ages 5-19 years).

Teachers of other disciplines will find the course useful to extend their thinking about how to support all learners they teach.

Who will you learn with?

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

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

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?

National STEM Learning Centre

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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