Differentiating EP tasks in EP Humanities
As teachers, we know that students learn at different paces and the process of differentiation can be done on EP in a number of ways. This Help Guide will explore a range of different ways that the content on EP can be differentiated for your students.
Assign Specific Sections – Information Slides
Teachers are able to assign different sections of a lesson to students rather than the whole lesson at once. This is a great way to introduce key concepts to students without diving too deeply into the content. Assigning just the information sections can be a great way to flip your classroom or pre-teach the main knowledge strands of the lesson. Additionally, a teacher could assign these alongside the automatically marked questions which will allow the students to demonstrate their understanding and achieve a sense of success as they will be required to ‘master’ the content before they are able to finish the lesson. This will also avoid students leaving blank or basic responses to the extended response questions as they have yet developed a deeper understanding of the content, and the teacher could assign these separately to be completed in class. Very quickly one lesson on EP can be turned into 2 or 3 separate lessons by using the assign specific sections function and splitting the lesson into different component parts and for different purposes.
To assign the specific sections, navigate to 'tasks', assign a new task, choose ‘smart lesson’, then at 1. Who? Select your class and at 2. What? navigate through the content library until you locate the desired lesson.
Once the desired lesson is located, click the circle next to the lesson name to select it. Then, above the green ‘Preview Smart Lesson’ button is an ‘assign specific sections’ button, click on this. This will then open the lesson and allow you to select just the parts of the lesson you wish to use such as the information slides only. When finished selecting click ‘confirm selection’.
Assign Specific Sections – Automarked Questions
To assign just the information slides and automarked questions, repeat the steps above and select just the information slides and automarked questions. When finished selecting click ‘confirm selection’.
Assign Specific Sections - Extended Response Questions & Peer Review
Another option is to use the extended response sections separately and these can then be assigned to students without the information and automatically marked questions for them to complete with support from their teacher and their peers. This can be done in the classroom setting and even set as a Peer Review task. Once the students have developed a stronger understanding of the content, they will be able to provide much more in depth responses to these long answer questions. They will also be able to give each other effective feedback when conducting the Peer Review part of the task.
This help guide shows you how to assign specific sections of Smart Lessons.
Assign to Specific Students
Differentiation can also be achieved by assigning different work to different students. When assigning a Task or Assessment, teachers have the ability to switch different students ‘on’ and ‘off’ using the ‘Assign to specific students’ option under ‘Who’. This will allow them to selectively choose which students will access which work. Students will not know who has been assigned the same work as them, so there is no chance of students finding out that the work they are being assigned is different to those within their class.
This help guide shows you how to assign Smart Lessons and Assessments to specific students.
Assign Specific Sections to Specific Students
For additional differentiation, teachers could combine both ‘assign to specific students’ and ‘assign specific sections’. A teacher could select one or a few students from the assign to specific students section, then use assign specific sections to give that student(s) only certain parts of a lesson and set that. Then the rest of the class could be given the whole lesson or different parts of the lesson again.
By using the ‘Targeted Remediation’ feature of the platform, teachers are able to determine what areas of content students require extra assistance with or those students who may need to be pushed a little further. By creating a Quick Test or using one of our Prebuilt Assessments, the data provided will provide an idea of where students are placed in terms of their understanding of the content as well as where they are placed alongside their peers. Targeted Remediation can be automatically assigned, freeing up teacher time or it can be manually assigned, allowing teachers to selectively determine which students will be assigned lessons for them to work on without having all work being assigned to them at once.
This help guide shows you how to include Targeted Remediation in your Assessments.