On occasion these elements are articulated differentially. Teachers will indicate that “All children will…, Most children should, while Some children might..” If some children might, who are they and shouldn’t that just be their target, as a group or individually? As for “most”, who is excluded from this? The lack of clarity in the use of this system can allow differentiation by outcome to be the class norm, supporting whole class teaching, with no real differential challenges. So what is the point of being bright in this system?
Learning Objectives and Success criteria have the potential to become equally vague, the mantra at the beginning of each lesson, because it is the expectation of the teacher. The WALT/LO should be shared at the beginning, to introduce the children to the lesson, but does not always need to be written down, again, an activity that can be seen as necessary.
However, it is the use of the WILF/SC that will determine the learning outcomes of the children.
If WILF stands for “during this activity, I am going to be looking to see if you are able to….” there is the implication of significant action on the part of the teacher, a) in setting a task that allows this to happen, b) engaged teaching to check on progress thought the task, then c) judgements on achievement, from child and teacher.
WILF embeds the idea of expectation in thinking, which in turn develops a reflective mind-set during the lesson, looking for signs in learning of ease or difficulty, the better to address the needs and adapt to the identified needs.
This level of thinking differentially inevitably results in a variety of levels of activity, or different activities, within the classroom or the same activity at very different challenge levels. As teachers seek to individualise or personalise the curriculum, their understanding of the children’s differing levels of achievement should result in groups of children, and individuals, having a very clear understanding of where they are in their learning and what their next learning goals are.
Once this position is secure, these targets can be individualised to take account of the needs within a mixed ability group.
So WILF can be group based i.e. "Shakespeare's" group , can you write the beginning of the story, setting the scene, in around ten sentences, using a good range of adjectives and sentences that show that you use connectives.
Group Marlowe, Your setting should give a reader a clear feeling of where the story takes place, in half a dozen interesting sentences.
There is different expectation in the use of time and the qualities that are being sought.
The teacher is the ultimate QA (quality assurance) person in the classroom. WILF can help to guide thinking towards that end point.