Do you shrivel at the thought of having to prepare lots of ‘special’ resources for students who have differing learning needs?  Before you spend long hours preparing all-singing-and-dancing lesson plans, it’s important that you know how simple it can be to differentiate.  Here’s a list to use as guidance:

 

Differentiation IS:

Using a range of tasks to present the topic
Increasing pace and variety to lessons
Making changes – building blocks of knowledge – from small to large
Providing opportunities for students to respond in ways other than writing: displaying work or role play (for example)
Assessing work in a number of ways
Using flexible groupings
Delivering the curriculum by using a variety of teaching practices

 

Differentiation IS NOT:

Lunchtime sessions
After school/college clubs
Letting students leave early if they have finished
Self-supported study
Extra/additional tasks
Entering external competitions

 

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If you are looking for inspiration and ideas for class activities, look at Geoff Petty's website www.geoffpetty.com or through the Learning and Skills Information Service (LSIS) http://www.excellencegateway.org.uk/.