Category: Differentiation

How to have ready to go extension tasks: challenge cards

We all have those students who finish quickly and complete work to an excellent standard. Coming up with extension tasks can be challenging and time consuming. Thanks to an idea by @MarieAST which I have also seen shared at Teachmeets, pre-designed challenge cards which can be used in any lesson, means you don’t need to spend time thinking of extension tasks! Display them on a noticeboard or in a pot and students can pick one when they have finished the main task. They have now been categorised into different types of tasks to suit different students!

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How to differentiate without more resources

A quick way to differentiate without 10 different worksheets. Give students options with how they present/ apply their learning. For example:

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ThChallenge descriptionse use of options allows students to chose the activity they are most suited to- and there are no obvious “you do this task because you are targeted an A, you do this one because your target is a D”. To  try and help student’s chose tasks are often categorised with a key “S”, “D” or “Q”. Students know what the codes mean with the use of the key to the left- and surprisingly they don’t all chose the easiest one!

 

 

The main benefits include:

  • Greater effort from students- they have ownership of the task and as a result general produce better outcomes.
  • Pupil voice has been highly positive.
  • This is not resource heavy, it is not time consuming.
  • It is personalised learning- stretch and challenge for all.

 

So some ideas for option tasks (many thanks to all the people who gave me these ideas in the first place):

  1. Create a leaflet which…
  2. Create a newspaper article for the following headline …
  3. Create 5 newspaper headlines to show different viewpoints.
  4. Create a storyboard to show….
  5. Write a diary entry/ blog post/ letter/ script/ poem.
  6. Create a mind map.
  7. Draw 10 images which show….
  8. Create a model to show…
  9. Design a machine which…
  10. Produce a collage that…
  11. Design a lesson starter…
  12. Write a quiz which tests…
  13. Produce a word search with 10 key words…
  14. Create a facebook/ twitter/ snapchat page
  15. Design a google logo…
  16. Create a timeline to…
  17. Interview 3 people on their opinion on…
  18. Draw/write a before and after…
  19. Create a game which…
  20. How would you prove … design an experiment to prove it!