Differentiating lesson content

There are a number of ways to differentiate lesson content in Stile to match each student's needs and pace.

The three sections below show you how to:

  1. Set up your differentiation groups
  2. Add extra scaffolding or differentiated content

1. Setting up groups

You can set up your differentiation groups inside of any Subject's 'Students' page. By default, there is only one group called 'Students', but you can add up to nine in total by clicking 'Add class':

While this can be used for full classes (e.g. 7A and 7B), it can also be used for differentiation groups within one class. See this article for more info on how to do that (how to rename classes, etc).

You can then just drag students from one 'class' into the other at any point:

Note: These group/class names are not revealed to students (they can only see the name of the subject — 9A Science in this case), and there is no way for them to know which group they're in. However, the names will show up on your screen, so if you project it to the front of the class in teacher view, they may see them.

2. Releasing lessons

You can now release lessons per group (as you drag the group tab, the lessons that will be visible get highlighted in yellow):

In this picture, the 'Blue' group can only see the lessons above their line (i.e. 'Introduction' and 'Gather'). 'Green' can also those, as well as 'Process', whereas the 'Red' group can see all four lessons (but not 'Career' or Test').

This is also a great way to not release end-of-unit tests until students are ready! 

3. Releasing extra content to just some students

Some students require a bit of help before jumping into a challenging topic, or different assessment tasks. For example, you could create an introductory lesson called 'Immune system 101' for the Red group and only release it to them like this:

For that we need to create a new folder (E.g. 'Before we get started' in the picture above) and a new lesson inside that folder ('Immune system 101').

Students in the Green and Blue groups won't see 'Before we get started' at all, only what comes below that.

Instead of scaffolding like this, you can also release customised assessment tasks at the end of a unit:

In this image, the Green group can't see the regular end-of-unit test; instead, they see 'Assessment task' in the folder below, which is not visible to students in 'Red' and 'Blue'. The notes in the grey boxes are not visible to students, so feel free to place notes like these to remind you!

If you have any further questions about differentiation, please contact Support in Stile! 

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