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The Seven T's of Practical Differentiation (Alphabet Sevens)
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on 23 November 2013
I am a trainee secondary school teacher who had no ideas on how to differentiate, particularly in a top set where everyone appeared to be of a similar ability.
The book gave me some great practical advice and some fab ideas on how to make differentiation fit in my lessons when I am at the stage where I have so much else to think about.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 22 February 2014
I have long been a fan of Sue Cowley and her straight-talking style. This book really didn't disappoint - while I knew the basics and have always used differentiation in my teaching, this book served as a great reminder of some techniques that I had forgotten about, as well as introducing me to new possibilities also. Definitely worth a read if you feel like you are starting to stagnate in your teaching, or just need a quick refresher as to some of the endless possibilities for differentiation in the classroom.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 11 June 2013
A good introduction and helpful guide to differentiation of children (into different needs, desires, skills and other categories) within the school classroom environment. Quickish read (less than three hours).
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on 20 January 2015
Having been teaching for over 27 years, and a successful deputy head teacher, I bought this book as a resource to share with the NQTs that I am currently mentoring. I was most disappointed with the content of several of the chapters. E.g. much of the research from the Assessment Reform Group and others shows that learning objectives should be common to all students, and that having too many objectives becomes unmanageable, but the chapter on targets suggests several learning objectives. I was also surprised to see an example of a learning objective given that was more about completion of the task rather than transferrable learning. There was also some muddling up about the function of success criteria in this chapter which is also at odds with current research.
The sections on time and on thinking skills didn't really address differentiation, but just how teachers should plan these aspects with all students in mind.
The section on thinking skills was quite weak, with no reference to the use of specific thinking skills tools. I got excited at the end of the last chapter when I saw graphics" as a subheading, but again was disappointed to find that it wasn't actually talking about the use of graphic organisers to support differentiation, but merely about the use of photos.
Unfortunately I will not be sharing this book with my NQTs.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 9 February 2014
Sue has produced yet another book worth reading.
Easy to use and simple to follow ideas.
Worth flagging up at dept meeting.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 11 February 2014
Well written
Easy to understand
Practical
Realistic
Will be using guidance in p2 class asap
Differentiation here I come.

Thank yoi
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 20 December 2013
Some really useful tips to make differentiation easy without making several different activities all the time! For the price a very valuable purchase.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 7 April 2014
An easy read and a good summary of what good differentiation looks like. Good to read as a refresher or just before you lead an INSET on the subject.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 21 July 2013
Good explanations using clear and simple language. An important book for all newly and experienced teachers to help with differentiation of lessons.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 17 February 2014
I liked the practical strategies the book offers.. Especially the More Able & Talented stretch & challenge ideas included. Worth reading
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