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Using taxonomies to think about challenge

When students work in classrooms where collaborative learning is encouraged then differentiation becomes easier. All students in the class will be working on the same topic area, but by providing …

Mihály Csíkszentmihályi and ‘Flow’

Csíkszentmihályi’s concept of ‘flow’ presents a way of thinking about how students react to challenge, or the lack of it. Csíkszentmihályi’s theory states that people are happiest when they are …

Planning for stumbling blocks

Learners easily recognise activities and exercises that they can and cannot do; what they need help with is attempting those they see as difficult. In the video on the previous …

Developing learning behaviours

Boyle et al (2001), defined good learning behaviours as those which students display when they are using metacognitive strategies in their learning. In their study, teachers decided to observe each …

Common pitfalls of Growth Mindsets

Carol Dweck’s work on how students beliefs about their abilities, and the subsequent impact this mindset has on their motivation and achievement, has been around now for some time. We …

Welcome to the course

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 …

Reflecting on your professional development

Well done for reaching the final part of the course, where you’ll review your learning and record your professional development. Your course mentors will record their reflections of the course …

The learning journey

Differentiation allows students to take different pathways through the learning. Sometimes they may be faced with a steep uphill climb, while on other parts of their learning journey the path …

An invitation

We hope you’ve enjoyed the last five weeks. Further Study We’d like to invite you to pursue further CPD with us. Why not consider the activities run by the National …

Growth mindsets

In this video, Chris explains that when students believe that they can learn, they will be motivated to try harder when learning gets tough. Chris introduces Carol Dweck’s seminal work …

Providing support and drive

Over the next few steps you are going to build on the ideas in Step 1.9 around the importance of the relationship between the teacher and the students in establishing …