Always Learning-Creating the ultimate buzz in your classroom

Denice Scala
Leadership and Learning Consultant
Designing awesome learning experiences
Target Audience
Educators- primary and secondary

Learning Areas

Teaching Standards

General Description

“Play is our brain's favourite way of learning.” (Daine Ackerman) Give your head a hand to make change happen with the awesome power of LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY®


Educators- primary and secondary

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A 2 hour workshop focusing on up skilling staff in differentiation strategies

This course contributes to 2.0 professional development hours.


Always Learning-Differentiation in Practice

2 hours

Its the why that counts. Discuss Simon Sinek’s golden circle and how he has codified what great organisations do differently. They start with the Why. Your why is your compelling story and it will guide your decisions and help you stay on track when change get challenging. Today we are focusing on differentiation but why? Why do we differentiate? Why do we want to? What are the benefits for students?

Your School’s Why story: jot down what your instincts tell you about why we differentiate learning? work with others at your table and refine your list. Select your top 5 reasons and commit to post-it notes. allow 10 mins for the activity and interaction. go on a learning walk. What patterns are emerging? One participant from each group share ‘why’

What do we know about how students learn? Discuss the ‘triggers’ of emotion, personal, social, relevant, action and agency, getting into the ‘zone’, experiencing ‘flow’ and providing choice.

More than one way- share the multiple learning models and frameworks possible for differentiating a unit of work then move to the one we will work on today-Carol Tomlinson’s work adapted from June Maker’s research.

Sharing what is already happening: Play a bingo game. The board will cover a flavour of what is possible and why we’re going to kern about today and in future workshops. Examples include:
Off-level testing
Think, Stretch activities
Buying time by compacting he curriculum
Pitching the Pace
Flipping it
Opt in and opt out
Thinking Hats- De Bono
Real life audiences
Real work problems
Flexible, physical work zones
Multiple drafts & Excellence- Berger
Hang Outs
Collaboration tools
High mobility

Next the participants consider Tomlinson’s model and choose which aspect of the model they would like to use in their unit designs. Unit design begins. The facilitator assists with guided questions and then invites small groups on rotation to a pre-organsised table with LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY® activities that explore beliefs about how children learn.

Finally, staff complete a pledge card, committing to paper 1 action they will start doing in their classrooms as a result of today’s workshop, 1 they will stop doing and 1 they will explore further.

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Denice Scala


Denice Scala

Denice Scala is an executive leader with extensive experience in key strategic roles requiring business transformation and innovation.

As a passionate advocate for the power of education to enrich lives, Denice moved from classroom teaching to leadership positions in 1992 and since then has held international roles as Principal, Head of Junior School, and Head of Learning Support. She has an impressive working knowledge of early childhood, primary, middle, and secondary schooling including gifted education and special needs. Denice’s unparalleled grasp of current educational realities is equally matched by her ability to implement improvement strategies. She is recognised as a visionary leader of leaders with in-depth experience across education, strategy, operations, finance, people development, technology, and marketing.

Established in 2016, her creative leadership and learning company, Denice Scala Consulting is unique. The cornerstone is designing and delivering adult learning for today’s ever changing world that’s contemporary, creative and performance orientated. Focused on inspiring growth with dynamic leadership solutions, Denice works with clients to create new ideas, shape strategic direction, and develop staff. Working across different industries, she designs bespoke professional development strategies, crafts leadership resources and motivates employees to re-think the way they do what they do to add value to their organisations.

Applying holistic, innovative solutions incorporating her expertise in neuroscience, MBTI® and LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY®, Denice combines cutting edge trends, the power of playful learning and her compelling communication skills to drive high levels of engagement and grow personal and professional performance.

She also advises on business development, school improvement, career advancement and parenting needs.

Don’t just ‘go’ through life, ‘grow’ through life is her driving philosophy. Her unwavering commitment to delivering quality service and personalised solutions is second to none.