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Differentiating for Learning in STEM Teaching

Explore and use Differentiating for Learning with one of three courses for teachers from the National STEM Learning Centre.

What’s the difference between a free course and an upgraded course?

Free:

  • Access to the course for its duration + 14 days, regardless of when you join (this includes access to articles, videos, peer review steps, quizzes)
  • No certificate

Upgraded:

  • Unlimited access to the course, for as long as it exists on FutureLearn (this includes access to articles, videos, peer review steps, quizzes)
  • A Certificate of Achievement when you complete the course

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Differentiating for Learning in STEM Teaching

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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 (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.

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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

When would you like to start?

  • Date to be announced

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

Senior lecturer in Science Education and Chair of the Association for Science Education 2014-2015. Lead UK Researcher on Assessment for Learning. Inquiry-based learning, professional learning.

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.

What’s the difference between a free course and an upgraded course?

Free:

  • Access to the course for its duration + 14 days, regardless of when you join (this includes access to articles, videos, peer review steps, quizzes)
  • No certificate

Upgraded:

  • Unlimited access to the course, for as long as it exists on FutureLearn (this includes access to articles, videos, peer review steps, quizzes)
  • A Certificate of Achievement when you complete the course

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Get extra benefits, upgrade this course. For $79 (+ shipping) you'll get:

Unlimited access

Upgrading will mean you get unlimited access to the course.

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  • Take the course at your own pace
  • Refer to the material at any point in future

If you’re taking a course for free you have access to the course for its duration + 14 days, regardless of when you join. If you upgrade the course you have access for as long as the course exists on FutureLearn.

Certificate of Achievement

Upgrading means you’ll receive a Certificate of Achievement when you complete the course.

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  • Prove your success when applying for jobs or courses
  • Celebrate your hard work
  • Display on your LinkedIn or CV

To receive a Certificate of Achievement you need to mark 90% of the steps on the course as complete.

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