In defense of differentiated instruction

Author Rick Wormeli (Metaphors & Analogies, Differentiation) has become concerned with growing criticism of differentiated instruction, particularly from recently published books and articles by Mike Schmoker (Focus: Elevating the Essentials to Radically Improve Student Learning) and Daniel Willingham (Why Don’t Students Like School?).

He explains: “Some administrators are telling me that their teachers refuse to implement differentiated instruction or don’t give credence to seminars and books on the topic because of the arguments put forth by Schmoker, Willingham, and others who’ve jumped on their bandwagon.”

In the October issue of Middle Ground magazine, Rick responds to what he views as a mischaracterization of differentiated instruction, especially the generalization of “learning styles” criticisms to the breadth of DI. You can read Rick’s article here.

You can read Mike Schmoker’s September 2010 EdWeek commentary, “When Pedagogic Fads Trump Priorities,” here.

3 comments December 13th, 2011

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