Twilight workshop: An introduction to the differentiation habit

Sabreena Taylor
Differentiation is such a misused word in education and seems too hard. Well, it's not! Learn simple strategies to make differentiation a daily habit.
Target Audience
All teachers

Learning Areas

Teaching Standards

General Description

This course introduces or revises differentiation for teachers. Most importantly we look at what differentiation isn’t – in particular, individual programs or ability grouping in one classroom. We look at simple and effective ways to differentiate programs and lessons – minimum input by the teacher for maximum output by the students.


All teachers

Available Delivery Formats

Format Description

Join your colleagues coming from many individual schools and sectors for these short 2-hour after school PD sessions.

Email TTA staff to be added to a wait list if the course you are interested in is full . We will contact you if a place becomes available. Is a course date not available? Be sure to update your TTA account with the teaching areas you are interest in to be kept informed about the most suitable courses (including the option to be kept up-to-date on new course dates and information).

It is a 3 hour session which meets DOE guidelines for a Twilight session

This course contributes to 3.0 professional development hours.


There are no occurrences of After School Session in Australia (ACT) at this time.


Session 1: So what is differentiation?

30 minutes

In this session, we will briefly look at:
 - what differentiation is and is not – some myths debunked
 - a quick overview of recent research

Session 2: Differentiation of programming

1 hour

This session looks at some of the effective models for programming a differentiated unit of learning:
 - Maker model: Content, process, product, environment
 - Van Tassel Baska: Integrated Curriculum Model – concepts
 - Tomlinson: Parallel curriculum
 - Project based learning: Big picture tasks
 - Chandra Handa: Learner centred curriculum differentiation

Session 3: Differentiation of classroom tasks and assessment

1 hour and 30 minutes

This session shows how simple strategies can be applied to learning tasks and assessment to differentiate:
 - Williams: 18 attributes
 - Blooms: Lower to higher order thinking
 - Blooms digital: Lower to higher order thinking with technology
 - Kaplan: Depth and complexity
 - Renzuli: School-wide enrichment model (SEM)

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About the team

Sabreena Taylor


Sabreena has been a successful consultant with TTA since 2008. Her current roles include providing tailored professional learning and consultancy services in Instructional Practices Inventories (IPI – student cognitive engagement and higher order thinking), strategic planning, school evaluation, change management, classroom practice, ICT and History. In 2015 Sabreena traveled to the United States to train with IPI developer, Professor Emeritus Dr Jerry Valentine of the University of Missouri, and is now the only certified teacher trainer for IPIs in the Asia-Pacific region.

Sabreena is the Professional Learning Consultant- History/Civics and Citizenship as part of the quality assurance team at TTA. Sabreena has presented at both State and National conferences on topics such as user engagement in workplace online learning, augmented reality and using data in schools including Instructional Practices Inventories.

Sabreena’s career in education has been varied, contributing at local, regional and State levels. In her 32 years in education Sabreena has been a head of History, regional Quality Teaching Consultant and Professional Learning and Leadership Coordinator with the Education Department of New South Wales.

Sabreena’s work has included developing online learning, the implementation of the Australian Curriculum and designing and delivering a wide range of courses registered with the NSW Institute of Teachers. Her most recent role was as School Planning and Performance Advisor in the Learning, High Performance and Accountability directorate developing online solutions for effective school planning, monitoring, evaluation and reporting.

Sabreena has been able to feed her passion for all things History through forming networks of History teachers, Ancient History HSC marking, developing ICT History resources and, of course, travel. Sabreena has also been Head judge during the standards setting process for the Ancient History HSC.