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.
This course will not have mentor support, however is structured to enable you to learn with colleagues online and offline.
What topics will you cover?
- Key principles of differentiating for learning
- The importance of diagnosing current levels of understanding
- Differentiating for learning by task
Differentiation for Learning builds upon formative assessment concepts introduced in:
When would you like to start?
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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 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.
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