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Welcome to Differentiation for Learning. In this course you'll develop your approach to adaptive teaching.
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[Andrea] Welcome to this three week course on Differentiating for Learning. We’ve designed a range of activities, with the aim of helping you engage with our current understanding and experience of Differentiating for Learning so that you can develop your ideas and practice. [Chris] We’ve designed the course to be flexible and included a range of activities to influence and challenge your thinking. To support you we have provided examples of approaches demonstrated in a range of STEM classrooms. We’d also encourage you to try some of the ideas in your own classroom and then take the opportunity to engage in online discussion with others about your learning.
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[Dylan] Before the course gets properly underway, we’d like you to introduce yourself and to describe the kind of educational establishment you teach in. The main subject and the age range that you teach, your previous experience of Differentiating for Learning, and what you hope to get out of the course. [Andrea] We have developed this course to build on ideas associated with formative practice and classrooms where learning lies at the heart of what occurs. We very much hope that the course proves to be useful and enjoyable, and that overall it helps you get to grips with Differentiating for Learning.
Welcome to Differentiation for Learning, from the National STEM Learning Centre.
On this course you will:
  • Examine the key principles of effective differentiated learning.
  • Explore the links between Assessment for Learning and differentiation.
  • Focus on a range of different classroom examples from the STEM subjects that will help you develop your adaptive teaching repertoire.
This course builds upon ideas from our Introducing Assessment for Learning, Planning for Learning: Formative Assessment and Feedback for Learning courses. You can still complete this course without having completed the other courses in this collection, however you may wish to refer back to key concepts. Links to steps from these courses are provided within this course, should you wish to further your understanding of key ideas.

Course support

To get the most out of this course, you’ll collaborate with other teachers, both in your workplace and with others online, to take the ideas from this course into practice. You’ll be supported by two course mentors, Jane Winter and Alessio Bernardelli, who will guide your thinking and practice through the course discussions, between 2 Nov – 6 Dec 2020.
Download our Quick Guide to Effective Online CPD, to help you meet your development goals during this course. This includes a reflection grid to capture your learning each week on the course and along with the self-audit task (below) is evidence of your professional development. You can download the reflection grid template or copy a Google Doc version to complete each week.

Self-audit of your current practice

This self-audit task is for teachers and educators, to help you review your current practice and thinking on differentiation for learning. Setting a development goal and being able to assess your own development is a crucial part of professional practice, so we will be revisiting your responses to the self-audit later.

Self-audit task

  1. Access the self-audit task and complete it.
  2. At the end of the self-audit, click My responses.
  3. Click Download as PDF.
  4. Save the PDF where you will be able to retrieve it to review at the end of the course and acts as a record of your professional development
  5. Share your professional development goal in the comments at the bottom of this step.
You may find other teachers have similar goals, and you can discuss the ideas in the course with them over the next few weeks.
GDPR statement: STEM Learning will be the data controller for any personal data submitted, not FutureLearn. Choosing not to complete the self-audit does not affect your course completion status on FutureLearn. Further details on the opening page of the self-audit task.

Introductions and goals

Introduce yourself in the comments below, saying what age your students are and the subject(s) you teach. What will your development goal be for this course?

Mark complete

When you complete a step on the course, click Mark as Complete at the bottom right. This helps you keep track of your progress. Mark over 90% of the course steps complete and you’ll be eligible for a Certificate of Achievement when you Upgrade and a STEM Certificate from STEM Learning (details on the final step of the course).
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