Activity 5

Differentiation in Your Own Classroom

There are other approaches to differentiation than by support, outcome and task. For example, differentiation can be achieved by means of assessment, resource or even by manipulation of the learning environment.

Naylor and Keogh (1998) suggest the following strategies for differentiation:

  • Using a range of learning styles
  • Taking pupils' ideas into account
  • Adjusting the level of linguistic skills
  • Varying the amount and nature of teacher intervention
  • Varying the degree of learning independence
  • Using a variety of questioning styles
  • Valuing the contribution of everyone
  • Varying the method of presentation or recording
  • Providing a range of teaching resources

REFLECT: Which three of these differentiation strategies would you consider to have the greatest potential in your own classroom?

READ: Study the list of approaches to differentiation in the following table.

WRITE: Write about and exemplify the differentiation techniques on the list which you already use. Then write about ways in which you might be able, in the future, to employ any other of these techniques.

(Allow 20 minutes)