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.

Course Mode

This course is self-paced with no fixed start or end dates, allowing you to fit in study around your schedule.

Course Details

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.

Course Outcomes

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.
Course Certification

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

Course Cost

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 realise that without a significant discount most casual teachers aren’t able to access quality professional learning.

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

Teacher Reviews

I really liked the way this differentiation course covered all bases by providing extensive information from a range of authoritative sources.

(K.J. 8/9/16)

Teacher Reviews

This was a great course – easy to access in bits and pieces (while my daughters are sleeping as i’m on maternity leave!).

(K.Z. 6/9/16)

Teacher Reviews

 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.

(S.K. 29/8/16)

Teacher Reviews

 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.

(H.A. 30/9/16)

Teacher Reviews

 Reflection questions offered the opportunity to extend my understandings and critically question my thoughts around each topic.

Teacher Reviews

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.

Teacher Reviews

 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.

Teacher Reviews

The resources are very good and will be useful as I move on and apply what I have learnt from this course.

Teacher Reviews

 …a wealth of strategies that can be used in the classroom, to allow students to achieve their learning goals.

Teacher Reviews

 This module provided very in-depth information in a clear and easy to understand way.

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