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  1. 1. Differentiation Practical Ideas for the Classroom
  2. 2. JAS – by Outcome rapidprogress-in-my-classroom via Ross McGill @TeacherToolkit visible progress via Jon Tait @TeamTait
  3. 3. An ethic of excellence
  4. 4. On not accepting mediocrity Berger and the ‘Ethic of Excellence’ http://classteaching.wordpress.com/2013/11/11/an-ethic-of-excellence/ via @shaun_allison austins-butterfly-and-not-accepting-mediocrity/ via Tom Sherrington @headguruteacher
  5. 5. What it isn’t… “…differentiation is unquestionably a key teaching skill. Being seen to differentiate? That’s just jumping hoops.” Michael Tidd here
  6. 6. What it is… • “…the process by which differences between pupils are accommodated so that all students have the best possible chance of learning" (to quote the old TDA here ) • “Essentially differentiation is teachers engaging with individuals and helping them to make progress.” (A Plain Man’s Guide to Differentiation here) • “Teachers use well-judged and often imaginative teaching strategies, [...] that, together with clearly directed and timely support and intervention, match individual needs accurately.” (OFSTED criteria for Outstanding Lessons)
  7. 7. Session Overview Differentiation by Outcome • John Smith: On not accepting mediocrity: an ethic of excellence (based on Berger, McGill) 4:05-4:15 Differentiation by Grouping • Liam Gilbert: The Jigsaw Approach: a simple way to achieve differentiation by flexible grouping and task without making any students feel stigmatised 4:15 – 4:20 Differentiation by Feedback • Naomi McGough: Using teacher (and student) feedback to provide students with individual (or group) learning opportunities. 4:20 - 4:25 Differentiation by Support • Phil Heath: Handle differentiation with care! (based on Bennet) 4:25 – 4:30 • Sam Broadbent: Writing Frames 4:30 – 4:35 Differentiation by Task • John Smith: Extension, a Minimum Scheme of Work, Minimum homework, Graded Tasks and “Take-away homework” (McGill) 4:35 – 4:40 A Differentiation Survey • David Key: a department survey – Continuing the conversation in departments 4:45 – 4:50
  8. 8. What do the researchers say? • "Of all the impossible tasks expected of poor, over-worked teachers, differentiation is the most troublesome. Why? Because on the one hand, if you did it properly every lesson you’d be reduced to a dribbling wreck in less than a week…on the other hand, …it’s really really important. Therein lies our dilemma: we know we should be doing (a lot) more of it but we just don’t have the time or energy to do it properly." David Didau (in this_blog )
  9. 9. • "...I am interested in the spirit of differentiation as much as the techniques. For me, Great Lessons are characterised by teaching and learning where differentiation is integral to the entire process. ie the notion that one size does not fit all and that different learners will be progressing and different rates is absolutely explicit and embedded. (To those who think this is just obvious, well, you’d be surprised how often it isn’t!)." Tom Sherrington here
  10. 10. Homework via @TeacherToolkit #100ideas @Ashley_Loynton
  11. 11. Differentiation takeaway Starters • • • • http://inspiringtchers.wordpress.com/ 50 ideas for differentiation by Jude Enright http://michaelt1979.wordpress.com/2013/10/21/the-scourge-of-differentiation/ What differentiation is not and… http://edulike.blogspot.co.uk/2013/10/differentiation-whatever-people-say-it.html?m=1 Mains • • http://www.learningspy.co.uk/english-gcse/building-challenge-differentiation-thats-quick-andworks/ David Didau http://headguruteacher.com/2013/02/03/great-lessons-4-differentiation/ Tom Sherrington Dessert • https://www.smore.com/e9hf-connected A one-stop shop for Differentiation from Jon Tait's emagazine Connected • http://frog.calderstones.co.uk/index.phtml?d=440833 Differentiation treasure trove • https://www.ncetm.org.uk/resources/43169 this is what a twitter chat looks like Please take photos and share your work…