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lesson differentiation - please help

Discussion in 'Trainee and student teachers' started by Teacher-in-Training42, Oct 22, 2017.


How long does it take you to plan for a 1 hour lesson

Poll closed Dec 21, 2017.
  1. 1 -2 hours

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  2. 2-4 hours

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  3. 1 day

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  4. 2-4 days

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  5. a week

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  1. Teacher-in-Training42

    Teacher-in-Training42 New commenter

    I'm planning on giving the student printed newspaper article and then article that have been printed off online ...would that be something I could mention in the differentiation section of my lesson planner.

    Also does anyone know why pale coloured backgrounds etc help dyslexic learners.

    Thank you
  2. Findlotte

    Findlotte Established commenter

    Differentiation by resource - yes, you could give a 'harder' text and an 'easier' text which might have bolded key words.

    In your task, you could have 'easier' questions that focus on stating facts from the article or comprehending the article and 'harder' questions that require analysis, or evaluation.

    The coloured background stops text from 'jumping' and controls the contrast. Black text on white background can strain the eyes of anyone. A pale grey works well with century gothic font, however, some students may require specific coloured backgrounds.
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  3. Teacher-in-Training42

    Teacher-in-Training42 New commenter

    Would you say giving a shorter article would make it easier too?
  4. Findlotte

    Findlotte Established commenter

    Whatever you think YOUR students will need. Differentiation is unique to every group of students.

    Even easier tasks need to have an element of 'stretch and challenge'.
  5. Flere-Imsaho

    Flere-Imsaho Star commenter

    Not if it has harder content/language.
    It doesn't always. Some people find the lower contrast between bright white and black print helpful but for others background colour won't make any difference. Different people also respond better to different colours so you need to know what(if anything) works for the individuals you teach. Be aware that justifying printed text can cause problems as the gaps between words and letters aren't uniform.
  6. Teacher-in-Training42

    Teacher-in-Training42 New commenter


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