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Practical Ways to Differentiate in a Primary Classroom Online

$249.00 $179.00 + GST

The aim of this course is to contextualise differentiation and equip teachers with practical ways to cater for the wide variance in students’ prior knowledge, experiences, backgrounds, abilities, interests, strengths, learning styles and preferences in order to maximise student engagement and educational attainment.



Any teacher who wants to extend their understanding of differentiation and develop a range of fair, flexible and appropriate teaching, learning and assessment strategies to make learning accessible, equitable and effective for all students in their classroom (beginning teachers will particularly benefit from enrolling in this course).

Access and complete the course at your own pace and preferred time.

Delivery Format



This course contributes to 5.0 professional development hours.


Completing Practical Ways to Differentiate in a Primary Classroom will contribute 5 hours of NESA Registered PD addressing 6.2.2, from the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers towards maintaining Proficient Teacher Accreditation in NSW.
Teaching Standards
6.2.2 Proficient Level – Participate in learning to update knowledge and practice, targeted to professional needs and school and/or system priorities.
Module 1
What is differentiation and why is it important?

In this module we will:

  • Define differentiation from an educational perspective.
  • Identify the general principles that guide the process of differentiation.
  • Clarify some of the myths or misconceptions of differentiation.
  • Identify the factors that influence student learning.
  • Establish the importance of differentiation in accommodating student diversity and addressing the needs of all learners.


Module 2
How can teachers differentiate? Introducing the elements of differentiation.

In this module we will:

  • Identify the four classroom/ curricular elements or components that teachers can adapt or modify according to student learning characteristics.
  • Examine the rationale and policy framework of the Australian Curriculum and the expectations and responsibilities of competent and effective teachers under the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers.
  • Explore the first two elements that teachers can adjust or modify to cater for student diversity using a range of practical teaching and learning strategies that can be applied across grades and subject areas.


Module 3
What drives effective differentiation? Assessment as the cornerstone of differentiation and a look at the next two elements of differentiation.

In this module we will:

  • Identify the importance of ongoing assessment to provide information about individual’s evolving knowledge, understanding and skills at different points of the learning process.
  • Explore the next two elements that teachers can differentiate to cater for learner variance including the various ways students can demonstrate learning and the impact of the physical and emotional climate on student learning.


Module 4
What is an inclusive classroom and how can teachers support students with additional learning needs?

In this module we will:

  • Examine what a fully inclusive learning environment is and the legal obligation of classroom teachers in providing equitable and quality learning experiences for all students.
  • Identify the way in which differentiation is integral to inclusive classroom practices.
  • Address specific groups of learners with additional learning and supports needs and provide suggestions for reasonable adjustments through personalised learning experiences and differentiated teaching, learning and assessment strategies.
  • Provide tips for getting started on differentiation and suggestions for lesson plan designs.



Course Features

  • Lessons 5
  • Quizzes 0
  • Students 8
  • Reviews 0
  • Duration 5 hours
  • Certificate No
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Rachael Ingram has more than thirteen years’ experience working as a Learning Support and Classroom Teacher at both the Primary and High School level in the public and private education sector. Rachael also works as an educational consultant, providing advice and support for students and educators. Her particular speciality and area of interest lies in the design and development of rich and engaging, curriculum- aligned resources which have been utilised by educational web platforms such as Britannica Encyclopaedia, Chatty Kids and Skwirk.

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