Name: Liz Bentley-Pattison
Sector: Sixth Form
5 Bits of Advice About: Differentiation
- You don’t have to provide 25 different worksheets for every lesson – it is unrealistic and unsustainable – but you might need to provide writing frames to help students.
- Differentiating by task is best done by getting students to choose which level to work at depending on how they perceive their current level of understanding – not you.
- Differentiating by resource sometimes works well but don’t restrict students to a simplistic stimulus because you think that’s all they’re capable of.
- All students respond well to challenge so consider differentiation by scaffolding so that everyone reaches the objective rather than the unsound ‘all/most/some’ structure.
- Differentiation by outcome is an excuse lazy teachers use who can’t be bothered to support their students reach challenging goals. Give feedback to help close the gaps.