Curriculum

Does Differentiation Work? A Debate Over Instructional Practices

By Ross Brenneman — February 06, 2015 1 min read

Differentiation, a teaching approach that focuses on different instructional needs for each student, has sparked a heated debate in the education community.

Last month, educational consultant Jim Delisle published a piece, “Differentiation Doesn’t Work,” that said the practice had a place in theory, but can’t withstand implementation. In a response, professor Carol Ann Tomlinson, a leading proponent of differentiation, published “Differentation Does, in Fact, Work.” To each piece, readers responded in droves. Here’s a compilation of comments, tweets, and blog posts in one Storify collection, as assembled by the Education Week Commentary team:

A version of this news article first appeared in the Teaching Now blog.