Differentiation - Developing Activities that Work
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
'This workshop is interesting, applicable, practical and very informative. The trainer is fantastic, very knowledgeable in the subject area and really made me think. Excellent and challenging!
HR Training & Development Officer, Juniper Ltd
Really interesting, lively delivery and active learning.
Teacher Trainer, Newham College of F.E
'Worthwhie attending if you want to improve your delivery of training.'
Learning & Development Officer, Dudley MBC
'Excellent, informative, useful and relevant.'
Curriculum Co-ordinator, Hounslow Adult and Community Education
'Excellent! Useful and interesting. Great resources and support.'
Trainer & Specialist Teacher Learning Coach, Bilborough College
'Workshop clearly explains what differentiation is about, explores differentiation techniques in a pratical hands-on manner which can be applied immediately. Excellent delivery - inspirational!'
Tutor Development Worker, Derbyshire Adult Community Education Service
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 training workshop, along with most of our other best practice training workshops, can be delivered as an internal training course at your premises. Even with groups as small as 6-8 delegates, the course fees per person for internal training workshops can be lower than for open events. The potential savings are even greater, if the travel time and the travel costs of the delegates are included.
Running training workshops internally is very convenient and it allows the participants to explore how key issues will impact on them and their organization. Then as a team they can begin to agree upon a development action plan, with priorities. This approach is favoured by many of our clients as it combines a high quality service with excellent value for money and is a highly effective route for staff development.
Related Teaching Techniques Workshops
- Differentiation - Developing Activities that Work
- Feedback for Learning
- Making Discussion and Group Work More Effective
- Making Learner Induction Fun and Effective (FE & Skills)
Certificates of Professional Development.
This course is recognised for CPD purposes by most professional institutes and associations including the Law Society, the CIM, the CMI, the ICAEW, the Institute of Learning and the CIPD. Formal Certificates of Professional Development will be issued by email to participants who successfully complete this course. These certificates will enable participants to evidence the update of their CPD records. The workshop will consider how to best apply the knowledge gained by the delegates upon their return to the workplace. This element of the programme is designed to maximise the benefits of attending and enable participants to make valued judgments when recording CPD activities