Very often in the classroom students are aware of an existing pecking order that will subconsciously determine how much they achieve and how much they endeavour. Generally B grade students will be happy with a B and C grade students happy with a C. It is our role as teachers to break this mould and push students to overachieve through lesson structure, teacher expectation and planning. What students achieved yesterday will not be acceptable tomorrow. There must be improvement.
'Do your best' is a phrase that you won't hear mentioned in languages at Passmores. Sometimes their best isn't good enough. I expect my students to meet the goals I set for them and if they struggling I will help in achieving them. Below are a few ways to disguise and hide differentiation in your classroom so all students can achieve at the highest level.
Blended Learning is something new we have been trying in MFL with a lot of success. It is based on the idea that the students plan the order in which they will learn. A grid is designed by the teacher with points assigned to each task. Prizes can be won for accumulating points which acts as a the 'carrot'. Often students will stay back at lunch and after school to hit points targets. Have a look at the MFL and Psychology blended learning grids below .