Following different professional conversations with colleagues in different schools, visits, reading and debate, I have put together the following document to encourage my staff to keep reflecting and considering the way we approach differentiation, grouping and a new approach to assessment led learning. This is a first draft of the document, so I am very happy to receive any thoughts or feedback as it may well help join some of the dots swirling in my head.
REDEFINING DIFFERENTIATION: MASTERY AND ENRICHMENT
We need to develop our understanding of possible Learning Journies the children may take for different Learning Aims / aspects of the curriculum.
- We need to lose labels such as lower ability, average ability and higher ability. Whilst we might identify most able children in certain subjects, we need to start with the prediction / expectation that any (and every child) can be expert and understand this specific learning.
- We need to lose group names (even if we use them flexibly)
- Differentiation through depth and extended enrichment learning activities / challenges
(5-10 mins) A group → Extended / Enrichment Challenge
(15-45 mins) B group → Extended / Enrichment Challenge
C Group continue on main learning activity / challenge to develop mastery of the Learning Aim
(In future sessions C group may have additional ‘mastery’ learning activities / challenge if required)
(These are not fixed groups, but groups that are formed during the learning based on AfL)
↓ ↓ ↓
Challenge Challenge Challenge
A B C
(Learners select their own challenge activity to start with. If they find it too hard they move to an easier challenge. If they find it too easy they move to a harder challenge).
LEARNING JOURNIES: JOINING THE DOTS
- Time to Respond to Feedback (T2R)
- Without responding to feedback can children join the dots in their Learning Journey? If not will there always be gaps that block understanding, progress and mastery?
- ─ ● ─ ● │ T2R ─ ● ─ ● │ T2R ● ─ ●
● = Learning Aim ─ = achieved Learning Aim
│= didn’t achieve Learning Aim T2R = Time to Respond to Feedback