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 (DfL) within the STEM 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.
Enjoy your teaching more
As the course progresses you’ll be encouraged to try Differentiating for Learning in your classroom and laboratory, actively reflect on what you discover in the process, and share your experience as part of the course discussions.
You’ll also be invited to read some of the research literature about Differentiating for Learning. Your learners will gain as a result - and you’ll enjoy your teaching more.
Learn with Dylan Wiliam, Christine Harrison and Andrea Mapplebeck
This course has been developed by the National STEM Learning Centre. It gives you the opportunity to learn with three leading experts in STEM education and assessment:
Dylan Wiliam: Emeritus Professor of Educational Assessment at University College London and author of Embedded Formative Assessment;
Christine Harrison: Senior Lecturer in Science Education at King’s College London, past Chair of the Association for Science Education and former secondary school teacher;
Andrea Mapplebeck: Educational Consultant, Formative Education Ltd and former secondary school teacher.
Continue learning with the STEM Teaching program
This course is one of three in the STEM Teaching program - a suite of high-impact professional development from the National STEM Learning Centre. Completing the program will enable you to master different elements of STEM teaching and earn a FutureLearn Award as evidence of your continuing professional development (CPD).
About the 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. The Centre is a purpose-built, state-of-the-art facility based at the University of York backed by an unrivalled team of experts in the fields of education and STEM.
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
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.
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