Session 545 Differentiation and What it Means in Schools

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Session 545 Differentiation and What it Means in Schools

Post by uked-colin » Tue Mar 23, 2021 3:11 pm

Tailoring learning to the specific learner in a given situation remains one of the hardest aspects of teaching to master and get right, even for the most experienced teachers. Seemingly part art, part mystical knowledge – true differentiation remains elusive for many teachers, which then follow one of three strategies: pay lip-service; give-up completely; insist learners differentiate to the teacher instead of the other way round. However, the rewards for persevering with personalised learning through differentiation will pay dividends over the long-term, not to mention that this is the gateway to true inclusion in the classroom.

In this #UKEdChat session, and for the After Hours Webinar, Sara Alston joins to discuss what differentiation is, what it isn’t, and how it can impact inclusion within your classroom and beyond.

  1. What does differentiation actually mean in schools?
  2. What is the role of TAs in supporting differentiation in schools?
  3. What does differentiation look like in your classroom?
  4. To be more effective differentiation depends on small tweak and adaptions, rather than big actions. What are your thoughts?
  5. To be really effective does differentiation run through the whole lesson or can it be focused at key points of the lesson?
  6. How do we ensure that differentiation takes up less time and money, and reduces rather than increases teachers’ stress?
  7. For successful inclusion, where should we focus children’s needs or their diagnosis?
  8. How do we create a culture of inclusion in our classrooms?
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