Hello, I'm being observed next week for my appraisal. The focus of the obs is differentiation. The class is a very able year 10 set. Any tips or tricks to show that I'm differentiating? Many thanks in advance.
Don't forget differentiation isn't just giving different groups of children different tasks. You could also differentiate by adult support given, groupings so use of peer support, outcomes, supporting materials ie word banks, how you target your questioning, so the most able get more challenging questions put their way...
On your seating plan RAG your students for questioning. Any group work make sure you have indicated on your lesson plan why the groups have been chosen eg differentiated tasks or by mix of the students from your ragging. Obviously extension tasks in place, but my number 1 tip is to shove the lesson plan including the differentiation under the observer's nose. In saying that my last observation was a bit of a train crash .
Subject is English. Going to set up groupings according to ALPs scores. All pupils good so will need to focus on G and T pupils, but also pupil premiums. RAG your students for questioning not sure what this is? Thanks for your suggestions.
Observers were very taken with a worksheet that had an optional foldaway help section when I was last observed.
Grouping is a good idea, and change the grouping from similar ability to mixed ability, making the stronger students teach the weaker. You could do a role play(-ish) task where the stronger starts as the teacher and models, then switch roles. Feedback and acting upon feedback an be built in.
King progress irrespective of their starting point. Make sure DS students are getting the support to ensure that they make progress comparable to non DS peers. I was ODSTEDED this week, and these were the things they paticularly praised. Good luck.