This term, I launched a new system for flexible and differentiated maths grouping. I told a story of being stuck on the Austrian mountains as a child. I had inadvertently got myself trapped on an expert slope (black flag) without knowing it and had to be rescued by a handsome ski instructor with a toboggan. I had failed to gauge the difficulty of the slope and my own leaner needs which were definitely for the bunny slope.
I want my students to develop a confidence in their self knowledge and to take the lead in their learning journey. This system of 3 differentiated levels promotes agency as the students self-select the level they want to work at. It is also flexible because students can change groups at any time.
Black Slope - I need extra challenge at level 3 & 4 maths. I understand well and can support other learners.
Blue Slope - I am ready to start level 3 maths. I need new teaching and lots of practice with the new material.
Green Slope - I need more practice at level 2 maths. I have some gaps and would like some extra help.
PTC 7 - demonstrate eﬀective management of the learning setting that incorporates successful strategies to engage and
PTC 8 - encourage ākonga to take responsibility for their own learning.
- assist ākonga to reflect on their learning
PTC 9 - select teaching approaches that are inclusive and eﬀective for diverse ākonga