Practical ideas for effective differentiation

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In the second part of his Best Practice Focus on good differentiation, Matt Bromley offers a dissection of some of the most common and effective classroom approaches, including the vital role of high expectations...

For this eight-page SecEd Best Practice Focus – published in May 2019 – Matt Bromley discusses practical approaches for effective differentiation in the classroom.

It is the second of two Best Practice Focus downloads looking at this crucial area of pedagogy and high-quality teaching.

You can download the first Best Practice Focus: Strategies for effective differentiation in your classroom (SecEd, April 2019) via www.sec-ed.co.uk/knowledge-bank/strategies-for-effective-differentiation-in-your-classroom-part-1/

In part two, Matt continues these discussions with a look at the strategies of “exit tickets” and “hinge questions” in order to set the right level of challenge and locate pupils’ “struggle zones” – the point just beyond their current capability but within their reach, something they cannot yet do but will be able to with time, effort and support.

He also comes back to the importance of high expectations and what these look like, before considering eight of the most common forms of differentiation in use today and their advantages and disadvantages. He finishes this Best Practice Focus with a look at the role that teaching assistants can play.

Download a free pdf of this Best Practice Focus by clicking the button on this page.

To see a list of all SecEd's recent best practice series and in-depth focus articles, go to www.sec-ed.co.uk/knowledge-bank/seced-series/1

SecEd's Best Practice Focus articles are published every month in our hard copy magazine as an eight-page pull-out section. They focus on areas of classroom and whole-school practice, offering research-based, practical advice and guidance.


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