Differentiation

This week’s professional development session tackled the topic of “differentiation” in detail. We discussed the definition of differentiation, why we differentiate and some ways to differentiate.What is differentiation?
Differentiation can simply be defined as any strategy that makes all learning objectives accessible to all students.Why is differentiation important?

  • To give all students access to the curriculum and the learning objectives of each lesson.
  • Students are different because they have:
  1. different abilities
  2. a range of learning experiences
  3. different learning styles

It is also important to consider the fact that students come from different cultures with different types of experience, education, prior knowledge, personality and background.

Ways to differentiate in your lessons:

  • Set different questions or modify questions for different students.
  • HaveĀ  problem solving activities for early finishers.
  • Provide students with choices of activities they can do .
  • Provide different styles of activities.
  • Pair or group students with students who can help.
  • Modify worksheets for students who have different levels of literacy or different levels of English.
  • Use formative conversations to meet specific individual needs.
  • Design the task so that all students can accomplish half of it , then graduate the level of difficulty.

You can download a useful presentation about “Differentiation” here.