Differentiated Instruction.

Journey To Mastery Teaching

Differentiated and individualized instruction (DII) can be defined as a teacher tailoring instruction to meet individual students motivational needs (Karlin & Shillingford, 2013). The teacher only serves as a coach guiding students on the correct path or desired destination, in lieu of direct instruction of specific content. The teacher’s main focus is to “ensure learning, not just teaching” (Wiggins & McTighe, 2012, pg. 4). Some teachers find this to be very difficult as they are not comfortable with DII because they must learn their new role in the classroom. They are not needed in the same way they would be needed in a traditional classroom setting and this level of freedom is overwhelming. With DII, teachers must be willing to relinquish some control and allow a plethora of activities, small groups, and learning experiences to happen in their room at one given time as a way to help students construct…

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This much I (DON’T) know about…why Education is not on the General Election agenda


I have been a teacher for 26 years, a Headteacher for 11 years and, at the age of 50 this much I (DON’T) know about why Education is not on the General Election agenda.

Remember 1997? In his latest book Alistair Campbell recalls that back then education was [New Labour’s] number one priority. Those were the days, eh? None of the main political parties seems to be talking too much about education this time around.


Remember October 2010? That month is memorable for me for George Osborne’s Comprehensive Spending Review where he announced cuts to the state sector of £81 billion. The implication for us was a real terms cut of £700,000 in funding over four years. As Jim Royle would say, Ring-fenced my a**e.  Should we have done nothing at that time, by 2012-13 we would have had a deficitof£1,082,607. Instead, at the end of 2013 we had a

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Solving the riddle of the Sphinx – the teaching benefits of marking for the exam board

Class Teaching


The 15 minute was led by history teacher Jack Tyler tonight.  Jack marks GCSE history papers and was reflecting on the benefits of this. He started by telling us that this was the best CPD he has ever had – much better than any other courses he has been to – and that he felt sure that it had made him a more confident and effective teacher.  He only wishes that he had done it earlier.


  • As teachers we are often taking on more work for the benefit of the department – this is one of the most effective type of work that you can do for your department.
  • Becoming an assessor will benefit your department and the attainment of your pupils.
  • Not only is it invaluable for a department to have at least one member working for the exam board, but you also get paid. This is always nice…

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