Differentiation Strategies that Work
No two students are alike in their abilities, interests and learning needs. While it can seem overwhelming to try to meet the learning needs of vastly different students, it is possible to differentiate learning without excessive planning and preparation.
This course explores highly effective strategies teachers can embed into their planning to ensure learning and assessment tasks are differentiated to meet the needs of all students. The focus of this course is helping teachers to develop instructional approaches that can be seamlessly incorporated throughout the whole of the learning process to ensure all students reach their full potential.
This course is self-paced with no fixed start or end dates, allowing you to fit in study around your schedule.
Lesson One: Why Do We Provide Differentiation?
This introductory lesson explores why it is important that teachers provide differentiation, particularly exploring the idea of „student variability‟ and its impact on both teaching and learning.
Lesson Two: What is Differentiation?
This lesson looks briefly at what differentiation is and what it isn‟t. This lesson draws on the work of prominent researchers in the field to explore the „do‟s and don‟t‟s‟ of differentiation in the classroom.
Lesson Three: How Differentiation is Typically Provided
Lesson Three looks at some common approaches to differentiating teaching and learning in the classroom.
Lesson Four: Assumptions Underlying Common
Approaches This lesson explores two assumptions that often underpin teachers‟ discourse on differentiation before examining an alternative approach to differentiation which is further explored in following Lessons.
Lesson Five: Universal Design for Learning.
Lesson Five unpacks Universal Design for Learning and its use in providing differentiation in the classroom.
Lesson Six: Suggested Strategies
The purpose of Lesson Six is to deepen teachers‟ understanding of each of the three core aspects of UDL with novel approaches to guiding student learning and practical resources for implementation provided.
At the completion of this course, you will:
- Understand the research that underpins current approaches to differentiating instruction.
- Develop a deep understanding of potential difficulties arising from traditional approaches to differentiating instruction.
- Be able to evaluate and refine current processes and procedures for differentiating according to student need.
- Challenge existing, potentially harmful, assumptions regarding student ability and achievement.
- Implement specific instructional approaches that motivate, engage and support all students to achieve a high standard of learning.
- Increase your capacity to contribute to collegial discussions on approaches to differentiating curriculum content, the learning environment, the learning process and learning products for the benefit of both students and teachers.
Once you have completed this course, you will have immediate access to certification which you can provide to your relevant State or Territory teacher registration body to satisfy requirements for continuing registration.
This course is recognised by VIT, QCOT, TRBSA, TRBWA, TRBNT, and TRBT as contributing 6 hours of professional learning addressing APST: 1.1, 1.5, 2.1, 2.5, 3.1, 3.3, 3.6, 4.1, 4.2, 5.4
This course is recognised by BOSTES/NESA as contributing 6 hours of professional learning addressing APST: 1.5.2, 4.1.2
Casual Teacher: $59
Classroom Teacher: $149
We also offer discounted rates for whole school PD
Whole School (Whole School (<50 teachers): $1799
Whole School (Whole School (>50 teachers): $2399
Our normal rate is the Classroom Teacher rate. We do offer a significantly reduced rate for casual teachers because we
Use the Casual rate if you are:
- A teacher working casually through an agency or not currently on a contract
- On family leave
- A pre-service teacher
- A teacher not currently working, wanting to maintain your accreditation
- A teacher working overseas, wanting to maintain your accreditation in Australia
Use the Classroom Teacher rate if you are:
- Employed full time by a school as a classroom teacher or education support staff
- Employed part time by a school as a classroom teacher or education support staff
- Employed by a school on a contract >1 term
I really liked the way this differentiation course covered all bases by providing extensive information from a range of authoritative sources.
This was a great course – easy to access in bits and pieces (while my daughters are sleeping as i’m on maternity leave!).
Broken into pieces, which was easy to understand with a good flow to the lessons. Had some great strategies ideas to implement in the classroom.
This course is very clear and well explained. the videos are handy and also the graphic organisers provided give an idea on how to deliver some topics.
Reflection questions offered the opportunity to extend my understandings and critically question my thoughts around each topic.
Clear and concise content with useful examples and supporting videos. Stop and start at any time really helped to fit the learning into my schedule without feeling overwhelmed with information all at once.
It had a good flow and reminded me how I differentiate without even knowing it at times. The download information will be good to dip in and out of as will the course material and resource links.
The resources are very good and will be useful as I move on and apply what I have learnt from this course.
…a wealth of strategies that can be used in the classroom, to allow students to achieve their learning goals.
This module provided very in-depth information in a clear and easy to understand way.