By @Tim_JumpClarke – Redefining differentiation & joining the learning dots

LEARNING JOURNIES: JOINING THE DOTS

Following different professional conversations with colleagues in different schools, visits, reading and debate, I have put together the following document to encourage my staff to keep reflecting and considering the way we approach differentiation, grouping and a new approach to assessment led learning. This is a first draft of the document, so I am very happy to receive any thoughts or feedback as it may well help join some of the dots swirling in my head.

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REDEFINING DIFFERENTIATION: MASTERY AND ENRICHMENT

We need to develop our understanding of possible Learning Journies the children may take for different Learning Aims/aspects of the curriculum.

  • We need to lose labels such as lower ability, average ability and higher ability. Whilst we might identify most able children in certain subjects, we need to start with the prediction/expectation that any (and every child) can be expert and understand this specific learning.
  • We need to lose group names (even if we use them flexible)
  • Differentiation through depth and extended enrichment learning activities/challenges

Models:

Learning Aim

?

All learners

?

(5-10 mins) A group ? Extended / Enrichment Challenge

?

(15-45 mins) B group ? Extended / Enrichment Challenge

?

C Group continue on main learning activity/challenge to develop mastery of the Learning Aim

(In future sessions C group may have additional ‘mastery’ learning activities/challenge if required)

(These are not fixed groups, but groups that are formed during the learning based on AfL)

Learning Aim

?                                ?                                ?

Challenge                Challenge                 Challenge

A                                  B                                  C

 (Learners select their own challenge activity to start with. If they find it too hard they move to an easier challenge. If they find it too easy they move to a harder challenge).

LEARNING JOURNIES: JOINING THE DOTS

  • Time to Respond to Feedback (T2R)
  • Without responding to feedback can children join the dots in their Learning Journey? If not will there always be gaps that block understanding, progress and mastery?

? ? ? ? ?  T2R ? ? ? ? ? T2R  ? ? ?

? = Learning Aim          ? = achieved Learning Aim    

?= didn’t achieve Learning Aim     T2R = Time to Respond to Feedback.


 

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