Classroom Differentiation allows teachers to give pupils of all capabilities, in all conditions, the best chance of learning. Classroom Differentiation is providing that all important personalised approach for each and every student to blend the students learning style, personal education preferences and the topic in hand to create engagement, a thirst for learning and accelerating their performance. SAM Learning’s Three-wave Intervention makes Classroom Differentiation highly effective, quick, simple and easy for teachers to accomplish at the click of a finger.
Here is a taster of the Classroom Differentiation methods that are performed day in and day out in schools using SAM Learning:
- HAPs/MAPs/LAPs Groups (higher, middle and lower ability groups) – With the ‘Wave 1 Classroom Differentiation’ functionality on SAM Learning, teachers can create HAP/MAP/LAP groups, within seconds, to ensure that work provided to learners is suited to their ability levels. With a vast range of activity styles, designs and levels of pre-prepared activities available on the SAM Learning platform, across all key stages, SAM Learning significantly reduces teacher workload in generating and managing suitable resources for the mixed abilities they work with daily.
- Regular Assessment and Testing – Regular assessment, testing and feedback, allows teachers to adapt their teaching methods according to their various learners’ needs and learning conditions. SAM Learning can be used to regularly assess learners and with the real time reporting suite (which illustrates real time progress as well as progress over time), teachers can be informed in the moment about levels of understanding, interpretation and learning. This flexible method allows for all learning profiles to be catered for at the time it is most valuable, rather than retrospectively.
- Teachers can personalise and differentiate SAM Learning pre-prepared activities with the ‘Create/Edit Activity’ functionality including adjusting the length of the completion times and increasing the quantity or length of the activities to challenge those learners who can work faster than those of a lower ability. Not only that, teachers can also facilitate classroom differentiation with the ‘Create/Edit Activity’ functionality on SAM Learning, as it allows teachers to personalise the resources by embedding audio and visual aids, including videos, pictures and podcasts and also allows you to adjust the grade boundaries to ensure every learner within the classroom is working with resources completely tailored to their exact needs. A huge bonus, also, is that the system and self marking functionality of the system will ensure the work is marked for you and also records the progress of the learners, in real time, saving teachers huge quantities of time.
- Digital resources – SAM Learning can be used as a tool for Classroom Differentiation in mixed-ability classes and groups providing learners the opportunity to approach a topic or subject from different angles. By providing the digital resource of SAM Learning to some learners you can highlight a skill or passion in those with less academic ability, while others might work more effectively with non-traditional resources and channels. This method of differentiation allows different materials, platforms and tools to be used to bring about the same learning outcome, and gives pupils confidence in their digital skills. With this methodology you are able to cater to learners of all abilities within the classroom.
- Interactive dialogue – With the ‘Create Activity’ functionality on SAM Learning, teachers can provide specific dialogue to specific learners to support different academic levels. Using targeted questioning can produce different responses in learners of different learning profiles.
To find more ideas of how SAM Learning can be used for Classroom Differentiation, please visit https://www.samlearning.com/customer-testimonials-endorsements-case-studies/ where existing SAM Learning subscribers provide details of how they best utilise the facilities in their classrooms.