Why do we as teachers often think differentiation involves us only directing students to different approaches to a task, why don’t we let the students decide what is most suitable for themselves?
The GAP strategy from Standout Teaching, is a highly successful whole school strategy which encourages student ownership of differentiation using the simple approach of three colours- Green, Amber and Pink to signpost student activities.
Soon to be hot of the press is our first book, ‘GAP- Differentiation the ‘EASY’ way!’
An in-depth outline looking at using the GAP strategy to enhance differentiation in lessons. Includes planning guidance, exemplars and tips.
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Watch this video for a quick overview of what GAP is all about and how it can be used
How to plan using GAP:
Preparing resources for use within your lessons using the GAP approach is simple. This video outlines the process to ensure that you produce easy to follow activities which your students will understand every time.
Want a step by step guide then use this simple tool to help you prepare your GAP resource
What is GAP?
Want to know what GAP is and how to use it at a glance? Download this summary sheet to keep at hand to support your planning. [Download]
We have selected a range of our flash resources and applied the GAP principal to them. Take a look by selecting the GAP filter at the top of the resources page. Differentiation prepared and at your finger tips! [Resources]
GAP worksheets and activities:
Take a look at our range of adaptable worksheets for you to download and use which explore different approaches to using GAP, each with a focus on the student taking the lead. ‘Take away’ GAP.. now you can’t get better than that!
Our standard worksheet for setting out your differentiated activity using GAP as a signposting tool. Download and add your own text to outline the task you wish students to undertake.
GAP Self Assess:
A variation of our standard worksheet for setting out your differentiated activity using GAP as a signposting tool. This has an additional self-assessment section for students to use. Download and add your own text to outline the task you wish students to undertake.
Get your students to interact with and analyse the GAP tasks through filtering out the keywords to support understanding. Download and add your own text to outline the task you wish students to undertake.
GAP Feeding Forward:
Use your GAP task as an interim review within your lessons. This sheet allows students to reflect on their progress and set targets for further improvement. Download and add your own text to outline the task you wish students to undertake.
GAP Multi Task:
Set a range of tasks for each level of differentiation to allow students to ‘pick and mix’ their tasks. Download and add your own text to outline the task you wish students to undertake.
GAP My Task:
Ask students to ‘pick and mix’ aspects of the GAP tasks to create their own tailored version. Download and add your own text to outline the task you wish students to undertake.
GAP My GAP:
Encourage students to create their own differentiation through asking them to create more challenge or support to a given task.Download and add your own text to outline the task you wish students to undertake.
Visually show students the various GAP task combinations using a Venn diagram. Fill it in or ask the students to add their own combinations. Download and add your own text to outline the task you wish students to undertake.
Types of Differentiation strategies & GAP:
It’s important to recognise that GAP is a ‘signpost’ to the differentiation strategies we already use within our classrooms. This interactive guide will help outline some general differentiation techniques for you to consider.
Click on the topic you would like to see more information about and then click return to navigate back to the start.
Student led GAP
Want to explain how to use GAP in a student friendly way. Use our presentation in your lessons to demonstrate how to use the strategy the simple way!
Stay, step, bounce and Jump- variations of using GAP
GAP can meet the needs of all your students through this mix and match approach.
GAP & Sky High Questions…. the perfect combination!
GAP and differentiation goes hand in hand with our aspirational ‘Sky High’ strategy (Click to see). This short video outlines how the 2 strategies can be combined to support your outstanding teaching.