Monday 10 February 2014

#ililc4 @dominic_mcg Make a difference by differentiating differently

A brilliant talk on differentiation, thanks Dom! Here are my notes...
Make a difference by differentiating differently 
To keep pupils motivated and engaged 

Who do we differentiate for? 
Different levels of skill
Ability and proficiency 
Social background 
Social development 
Emotional development 
Physical needs 

By task 
By outcome (this is lazy) 
By support 
By resources eg reading comprehension at differing levels of complexity 
By interest 
By variety 
For ability by ability 

Underlining the correct answer (shouldn't test their reading/writing too, shouldn't penalise someone because they can't write in the language) 
Multiple choice 
Put phrases in correct order 
Smileys for positive / negative reactions (listen for tone of emotion first time round, do they sound happy, etc) 
Video clips to offer clues (more like real life) 
Give out the script
Hold up picture cards (eg weather forecast, hold up their card if hear their weather) 

Speaking activities 
Quiz quiz trade Q&A with model answers 
Completing a survey with all answers where student has to tick boxes, not write stuff down 
Allow cue cards - they can have these at GCSE and A level 
Give out a list of "must includes" - train them eg fabby phrases 
Speaking frames 
Allow students to improvise 
Use ICT (Dominic's talk yesterday) 

Reading activities 
Different or modified texts
Different presentations eg comics, websites, handwritten text, authentic pages  eg

Different questions 
Matching eg Tarsia
Questions in English 
Multiple choice answers 
Number the lines in a text and tell the students which line the answers are on 

Writing activities 
Writing frames - MFL Sunderland 
Add a question at the bottom eg How could you personalise this? 
Vocabulary and grammar lists 
Vocabulary games eg wordsearches (differentiate by not giving words) extend by 10 subjects and 10 opinions then write sentences after done, crosswords
Write a poem, it must rhyme can make it funnier 
Mini whiteboards 
Lego blocks - use this for Spanish colours?
T1- Top and Tail Sue Cowley's Seven T's of Differentiation 
Get students to use an exact number of words then build up a couple of words each time 
Give students words to include (random or key words) 
Student as teacher to group
Share good work and get others to explain whey 
Level their own work and say why 
Group student by mixed ability 
T2 Time 
Countdown timer eg Sandfields Benny Hill timer 
T3 targets 
Differentiate for one group of students per lesson - realistic, no time to do for all
Student of the week
Rewards - Classdojo
Some, most, all
T4 teamwork 
Ability, friends, skills,
T5 thinking skills 
Poster, paragraph, podcast 
"HOTS not MOTS" Peter Anstee 2010 higher order thinking skills not more of the same 
SNOT Self, neighbour, other, teacher (see three before me) 

T6 texts 
Use authentic texts - magazines, newspapers, comics (real, not off internet) 
Handwritten texts 

T7 technology 
iPads, voice recorders, IWB, YouTube, QRcodes, Zondle, linguascope, Sutton High MFL Fun with Languages site (check this out!) 

See Dom's last slide re links for further reading 

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