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Ministry of Education.

Tamaki College's approach to differentiation

Tamaki College is a decile 1, state, co-educational school. The majority of the students are from Māori or Pasifika backgrounds. The introduction of netbooks for all students, and the move to a Google Docs environment, raised a need to individualise the learning programmes planned for each student. This meant knowing where each student was in terms of the curriculum levels and where they needed help to progress.

Technology allows the flexibilty to provide differentiated programmes - this is exemplified in these ways:

  • Students’ ability to access their work in their own time and work at their own pace. Learning is more readily accessible for students and is not contained to the resources selected by the teacher. The global choice of texts and genre writing is limitless so students are able to choose a wide variety of texts.
  • Publishing students’ work online has meant there is an authentic audience for their writing. This acts as a bigger motivator than just the teacher and the class. There is a global audience which means students develop more pride in their work and enthusiasm to produce excellent work. There is also easier access to personalisation of their work, allowing them to bring their own interests and strengths to their writing.
  • Feedback and questioning is immediate and equally available to all students - not just students who are confident to ask questions. An online environment eliminates the embarrassment of asking questions. This allows the teacher to respond to the learning need of every student and help all students progress upwards on the curriculum progressions.

Video clip: Head of English department (HoD) overview

Video clip: Head of English Department (HoD) choices

Published on: 25 Oct 2012

Christine's Year 9 class

Christine's class has a range of strengths and weaknesses but their abilities are in a relatively narrow range. Those needs need to be addressed to enable the class to move along the curriculum progressions.

Gerard's Year 9 class

Gerard's class has a wide range of ability from students who are performing at the national mean (according to asTTle) to some who are two full levels below. This means that each student has different needs and requires individual attention.