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Developing effective techniques for differentiation by task and outcome

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Pedagogical content. The small group work(ta) nature of this task allows teachers to share ideas, and attempt to conceptualise two different types of differentiation(ta), together. It also encourages teachers to share practice(i)s in differentiation. Teachers are first asked to consider differentiation ‘by task’ by thinking about self-sustaining activities which pupils could manage with little support. They are also asked to consider differentiation by outcome, and ‘hierarchies of achievement’ for particular topics. The practical nature of the task offers a concrete outcome for teachers to take away and use in their practice both day to day, and in curriculum planning(topic). The resource could be used as a prompt to start teachers off, a comparator for teachers working on similar topics, or just as an additional set of possibilities. (edit)

Resource details
Title Differentiation
Topic Curriculum planning,  Differentiation
Teaching approach
Learning Objectives

By the end of the session you should be able to:

  1. Distinguish between two types of differentiation – by task, and by outcome
  2. Identify examples of ‘by task’ and ‘by outcome’ differentiation, and apply these concepts to new topics.
  3. Explain some reasons why we might deploy one or other type of differentiation.
Age of students / grade

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This resource was adapted from resources and original ideas contributed by Paul Warwick, at the Faculty of Education, University of Cambridge.