|Date||15 November 2012
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|Venue||Hilton Hotel, Euston, London|
|Cost||£299 + VAT|
|Arrival||9.15 For Refrshments|
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Differentiation - Developing Activities that Work (WS5489)
The need to differentiate and develop a differentiated learning environment or classroom is widely preached - and with good reason too, but what does the term differentiation actually mean? More importantly what does a differentiated classroom look like and how is it best achieved?
Once, teachers taught courses, subjects and classes but effective teaching needs to be aligned to the needs of individual students. The teacher/trainer needs to take account of the individual students’ knowledge, abilities and learning styles and then deliver the lesson or course in a way that enables individual students to maximise their learning, development and progression.
On a one-to-one basis this is relatively easy but as the group or class size increases this becomes a complex and potentially daunting task. It’s a task that presents real challenges, even for the most skilled teacher or trainer - and one that requires far more than adjusting the odd activity.
This highly practical and interactive one-day workshop provides clarity on what differentiation actually means and how it can be best achieved by looking at current practice, identifying where it often goes wrong, understanding what effective differentiation looks like and what Ofsted Inspectors are expecting from the best educators. It explores a range of differentiated activities that have proved effective and consider how these teaching strategies can be used within the classroom to maximum benefit.
This workshop is designed for Teachers and Trainers from Secondary Schools, FE Colleges, Local Authorities and Independent Learning Providers.
The workshop will also be of interest to managers and lesson observers who are responsible for and/or involved in developing the quality of teaching.
- To understand the key elements of a differentiated classroom
- To help practitioners meet the needs of individual students.
- To provide an opportunity for discussion and dialogue on the planning and delivery of successful differentiated and learning sessions
- Improve student participation and ownership within individual teaching & learning sessions
- Demonstrate improved understanding of differentiation and recognise good practice, in teaching & learning
- Identify successful strategies for planning and delivering learning sessions.
- Review a range of differentiated activities
- Develop session plans to include a range of differentiated activities, that meet your students needs
1. Current Practice and Understanding
Session one explores participants understanding of differentiation, the approaches currently used, how where and when they have proved effective.
- The meaning of differentiation
- Reviewing current approaches to inform development opportunities
- How effective are my approaches to teaching & learning?
- Development Opportunities
2. How Students Learn - 10 key pedagogical approaches, themes for teaching and learning
Session 2 considers how people learn best and in doing so examines the approaches and techniques that effectively support a differentiated classroom.
- What is understood by pedagogical approaches?
- How can they inform practice?
- What do they involve?
- Building them into practice
3. Approaches to Differentiation, reviewing activities
Session 3 focuses on reviewing a range differentiated approach techniques, how good are they in engaging students, and will they work for me?
- Which activities really differentiate?
- Analysing differentiated approaches
- How can we develop activities to differentiate effectively?
4. Developing differentiated activities that work
Session four focuses on the development of activities that will both effectively differentiate and work with your students.
- What will work for me?
- Building approaches and techniques to use with students
- Developing and designing personal activities that differentiate
5. Planning and developing an inspirational teaching & learning activity
Session 5 allows for sharing ideas on those difficult to teach topics; the development of an inspirational teaching session, incorporating a variety of pedagogical and differentiated approaches
- Choosing a curriculum topic - what makes it difficult to teach?
- Developing the session
- What makes it inspirational?
6. Developing a session plan that includes differentiated approaches
Session 5 takes the opportunity to reflect on all learning activities and allows for them to be built into a complete session plan that is engaging, differentiated and meets the needs of our students
- Developing effective differentiated aim sand objectives
- developing a session plan to encompass a range of differentiated activities,
- What makes it differentiated
- How does it meet the learners needs
7. Plenary, questions and answers
Learning will be facilitated through:
- Presentation and Observation
- interactive discussions
- Peer work and review
- practical group activities
- Analysis and review of current practices
- individual learning activities
- tutor feedback to individuals
Internal Staff Training and Development
This workshop, as with most of our good practice workshops, can be delivered on your premises. This approach is favoured by many of our clients as it provides a quality, value-for-money and highly effective route for staff development.
Running workshops internally, allows participants explore how key issues will impact on them and their organization and as a team begin to agree development action and priorities.
Typical costs for a one day good practice workshop, excluding VAT, are just £1290 + £30/person. Even with groups as small as 6 costs per person costs for internal workshops are lower than attending our open events and savings increase further when delegate travel-time costs and convenience are factored in.
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Certificates of Professional Development.
Formal Certificates of Development will be issued, by post, to participants who complete this workshop. These certificates will detail the key learning aims and the face-to-face learning hours undertaken, enabling participants to update their CPD records and logs accordingly. The workshop also allows time, during the day, for participants to reflect on and record their personal learning development and consider how best to apply the knowledge gained on return to work. This element of the programme is designed to maximise the benefits from attending and enable participants to make better review judgments when recording their CPD activities.