Differentiation in Material & Environment

The course will assist teachers in developing teaching activities that meet the needs of specific learners. It will highlight the importance of the development of strategies for students across all ability levels (1.5.2).

The course will allow teachers to set challenging and achievable learning goals for all students through understanding the individual needs of all students (3.1.2). It will further explore the importance of developing well structured learning and teaching programs and how the classroom environment impacts, engages and promotes student learning (3.2.2).

Learning Objectives

  • What is differentiation?

  • Why is differentiation needed?

  • How to differentiate material.

  • What is effective teacher instruction?

  • Why is classroom design important?

  • What is cognitive load and why is it important?

  • Why is working memory theory important to differentiation?


Rationale for the course 

The NSW Department of Education acknowledges the importance of differentiation in content, process, product and learning environment. Differentiation is imperative to successful classroom practice in that it gives all learners opportunities to learn based on their readiness, interests and learning profile.


Reliable and Relevant Research


  • Tomlinson, C. (2006). An Educator's Guide to Differentiating instruction. USA: Cengage Learning.

  • Tomlinson, C. A., & Allan, S. D. (2000). Leadership for Differentiating Schools and Classrooms. Alexandria, VA: Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development.

  • Assessment and Student Success in a Differentiated Classroom

by Carol Ann Tomlinson and Tonya R. Moon

Level 1, 350 High Street

Maitland NSW 2320

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