Debate, chaired by Laura McInerney (newspaper editor) between David Didau (author) and Dylan Wiliam (educational researcher).
I stood and listened to the debate (by the time I found it the last seat had been snaffled) and it was very interesting, and chimed very much with my experience (learning styles help you to examine how you teach, what works in education is very complex and context specific etc). But I left with something unsaid.
When you have children with Special Educational Needs in your class you need to differentiate the work – however you choose to do this. It doesn’t have to been about separate worksheets. It could be about the level of support you give them, or the kind of counting apparatus they use. If we don’t do this, then those children on the outside edges, at either end of the scale, they don’t necessarily learn. (Or, they don’t learn as well as they could.)
We are more alike than different, yes, but that doesn’t mean we pay no attention to the differences. In a sense, the differences are what make us who we are. Of course they matter. In a book about teaching, next time, please write more than five pages about Special Educational Needs.
I wish I had managed to come up with a question, if only I was brave enough to wave my hand more assertively, because every teacher is a teacher of special needs.