Skill 3: Independent choice
Differentiating activities allow children of all abilities to get involved.
During sessions, clearly set out tasks with varying levels of difficulty and allow children to choose the level at which they feel comfortable.
Encourage children to increase the difficulty of the activity as and when they are ready.
- Children may underestimate themselves. The ability to complete a task they'd previously thought unattainable can greatly increase their confidence.
- Allowing children to choose the level of difficulty of a task will increase their self-awareness. This will be a major step in their self-improvement.
- Remember to praise children for their improvements as opposed to their ability in order to reinforce their positive attitude.
"The sessions looked like so much fun! I noticed a great improvement in the self-confidence of children who attended. Their physical skills such as balance and coordination also improved. They were able to bring their experiences of teamwork, sharing and conflict resolution back to the classroom." Class Teacher, East Hunsbury Primary School