The is a PDF file is to support the strategies a new teacher must develop to support their class over the academic year. Downloading this file will present 10 key principles to scaffold learning, with links to further research and reading.
It is an impossible task for teachers to offer a range of resources for every child every single lesson, and it’s rare to find anyone who can reliably test differentiation strategies in a one-off exercise. If someone is asking you do to this, it is unhelpful. However, despite the apparent expectation that teachers can do this day-in, day-out, there are several strategies that you can embed into your practice so that a) you can alleviate teacher workload and b) embed differentiation over time so that it does become more habitual in your classroom.
The poorest form of differentiation that exists is going into every lesson, setting a whole-class task, waiting for students to produce an outcome, and then simply differentiating a follow-up task or feedback. Again, with high levels of workload, it’s a challenge for any teacher to have all resources mapped out to meet the needs of their students, however, there are strategies a teacher can use which are pedagogical and avoid physical labour…
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