In many Madrassahs, it has been common for the Madrassah teacher to stand at the front and teach the whole Madrassah class the same material, in the same way. All Madrassah pupils are expected to do the same tasks, some passed and some failed and were labelled ever after. The focus has been on teaching, not on learning. One size was supposed to fit all and if you learned in a different way, too bad for you.
In the Madrassah classroom, there are a variety of pupils with different abilities and ideas. Each one is an individual. Madrassah teachers should recognise this and adapt their teaching (differentiate) to meet the needs of the pupils in their class.
The National Curriculum Council (NCC) defined differentiation as:
“the process by which curriculum objectives, teaching methods, assessment methods, resources and learning activities are planned to cater for the needs of individual pupils“
- Knowing your pupils well can assist greatly in differentiating your lessons.
- When planning lessons for the Madrassah, reflect on how you think each pupil will find the material. Consider what you expect them to learn.
- Respond to the needs of your pupils. If they need a challenge, give them more challenging work. If they are struggling with something, go over it again and give more help.