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R7C1 Differentiation: Are curriculum tasks and activities structured appropriately to match the intellectual needs of learners?

Curriculum goals must be converted to tasks and activities and then presented to learners in ways...

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Andrew Pollard
5 May 2010

Curriculum goals must be converted to tasks and activities and then presented to learners in ways to which they can relate. Too difficult, and frustration often follows; too easy, and boredom may result. The goal is to match the learner and the task so that he or she feels appropriately challenged. Pleasure from success then reinforces learning. But since all learners are different, there is considerable skill in achieving a differentiated match.

Three basic strategies can be used to achieve this:

  • vary the task: so slightly different tasks are set to meet the needs of particular individuals or groups;
  • vary the expected outcomes: so whilst the whole class would participate in the same tasks and activities, pupil performance would be judged using specific criteria; and
  • vary the level of support: so reference books or a classroom assistant might support some children, whilst others would work alone.

 There is a video on this at: www.teachers.tv/video/2748

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