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The Importance of Differentiation in Primary Teaching

When teaching a class at any level of education there will be no two students with the exact amount of skill or knowledge. In fact, the level of skill in a class can range from significantly above average to significantly below.

Because our classes are brimmed with students at completely different levels to one another, we must factor this in when choosing our teaching resources.

In truth, we should be providing a range of choices for each activity. A student should have the opportunity to pick an activity that suits their skill level. This helps them develop from where they are instead of struggling to catch up with the work you are setting out or even being held back by it.

Try and pick at least 3 different difficulties of activity for each part of your sessions 

Generally, an effective method of differentiation is to have an easy sheet, an average sheet, and a hard sheet. This way you can cover a range of skill levels without having to print off extreme amounts of different worksheets.

Let the students pick their own sheets.

Handing out the sheets you believe to suit each child may be affective in some instances but it may cause children to feel judged by the teacher. Allowing students to pick their own worksheets from a front desk is a way to help them make their own choices for their learning at the same time as give them options.

If student start on the easier ones they can then make their way up to the harder ones if there is time.

Letting students be in control of their learning has shown to be a powerful tool when it comes to self-improvement and self-learning. Giving your pupils the option to try different levels on tasks can also help both you and the student evaluate where they are on certain subjects.

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