How can differentiation be implemented in large classes?


Here are some useful tips:

  • Flexible-pace learning

Traditionally, tasks are completed in a set amount of time, which normally accommodates the slower-paced learners. This can mean faster learners are held up by the pace of their peers, and slower workers feel rushed and incapable of learning at the necessary pace.

  • Collaborative learning

Group work is excellent for empowering shyer students to participate more in class. Forming mixed-ability groups of pupils gives high achievers a platform to vocalise their ideas, and lower ability students a way ofcollaborating with peers.

  • Digital resources

By using interactive tools and digital applications, mixed-ability classes get the opportunity to approach a topic or subject from different angles.

  • Variable outcomes

Rather than setting a task with a single outcome or ‘right’ answer, taking a more interpretive approach to an exercise gives students the flexibility to arrive at a more personalised result.



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