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PD Session - Universal Private School, Al Ain

Updated: May 3, 2023

One of the things I love most about @Cambridge University Press Education’s Primary & Lower Secondary core resources for schools, is that they all have an abundance of editable downloadable worksheets for each subject.


Why does this matter when it comes to #differentiation?


That’s what we explored with the vibrant, jovial team at #universalprivateschool in Al Ain today.


Together we practiced a mechanism to make those worksheets work differently - a simple strategy to differentiate the process of learning.


Here’s how you do it:


🧐Choose three worksheets that have a similar theme or topic. 📝📝📝


Then, decide for each one to be as follows:


1️⃣ Individual: one of the worksheets should be suitable for individuals to complete quietly.

2️⃣ Pairs: one of the worksheets should be suitable for a pair to complete.

3️⃣ Groups: one of the worksheets should be for a group.


Why it works for differentiating the process:


1. You can give solo activities to those who may not be in a talkative mood

2. You can give paired activities to some parts of the room

3. You will always have something to give a pair or group who finish quickly

4. You have learners tackle activities from a differently angle but all have the same end goal / topic

4. …so many more ways! You’ll just have to try it to know…


In any case, Peter Lucantoni, this is one I learned from you again 🙏🏼☺️, and it worked a charm today!


There was a period in the session where absolutely every single teacher was fully focused working on something but all in a different way - some alone, some together, some in pairs - Dr. Hamed Faqawi do you remember? It’s the moment when I said “the magic is happening!!!”


Thank you so much to #universalprivateschool in Al Ain for welcoming me today for this bumper PD session. Amazing efforts all round!



P.S. I know full well that in more conservative schools in the Middle East there are no handshakes or touching of hands at all. But today, I must have been thinking I was really teaching again because I tried to high 5 a Mister Teacher, and it was an epic fail. I got the magnet repel. Oops! Note to self: always stick to the air high 5! Always. :) 🙈✋🏼🙋🏻‍♀️


P.S. still reading? About the last pic: I know it seems to be just a truck, but if you look carefully, there are a few #camels who were hanging out in said truck at the traffic lights with me for a while there. 😁🐫. I chuckled and waved 🙋🏻‍♀️👋🏼🤣 #UAE


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