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Chapter 9: Differentiation and the Individual: Gender Ethnicity and Special Needs

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Differentiation and the Individual: Gender Ethnicity and Special Needs
Differentiation and the individual: Gender ethnicity and special needs
Differentiation

A ‘one-size-fits-all’ approach is not to be recommended in English teaching. You simply cannot take all children through the same material at the same pace in the same way. You certainly cannot teach successfully if you believe you have a homogeneous group sitting in front of you because no such group exists. English teachers recognize that each child has differing needs and learns in different ways from other children. The differentiation advocated by the TTA (2002) focuses on differences of gender, ethnicity and ability. Student-teachers should ‘differentiate their teaching to meet the needs of pupils, including the more able and those with special educational needs’ (ibid.: 12, 3.3.4) ...

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