Too easy for your skills and the task is boring. Too much of a challenge, and it becomes stressful. Medium challenge, high skill? It’s a relaxing task. But when we match high skill and high challenge, we can activate “flow.”
All AboutComplexity And Skill
Differentiate by adjusting a task’s complexity to match a student’s skill.
Differentiation is all about balancing the complexity of a task with the skill of the learner.
Differentiation means being aware of both a student’s skill and the complexity of a task. And it’s easier to adjust a task in the short term than to change a student’s skill.
Small groups can both add and reduce complexity to a task. I know that I always let my advanced students just “work on their own.” But think about the power of bringing your five top kids together (even for ten minutes a week) and pushing them a little.
Adjusting a task’s complexity to match a student’s skill is key to success in the classroom, but how can you change the level of complexity?