Differentiation. A perfectly innocent concept which snuggles comfortably in the common sense zone of your brain; camouflages itself in the sidelines of your classroom; makes regular, modest appearances in your day-to-day teaching…
But then rears its huge ugly head twice a year to instill fear in even the most talented and experienced of teachers across the land!
Je m’appelle Differentiation
There it is, on your lesson plan, all pumped up with self-importance. You are going into battle and differentiation might be the deciding factor between a good and an outstanding judgement.
‘But every good teacher differentiates!’ I hear you cry. I know this. The observer knows this. Ofsted know this. But what we all also know is that differentiation is something you do naturally, automatically, sensitively and spontaneously.
Why should it become explicit? Well… do you trust your observer to notice how discreetly you switch your questioning from one pupil to the next?…
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