Differentiation is a really complex field that is poorly understood in South Australia (maybe wider, but I don’t know). Very often I hear people asking teachers of earlier grades to supply resources for the students who are struggling. First and foremost, this is brilliant. The teacher in question has used formative pre-testing to discover that student is behind their age-peers, and is doing something about it. The part that lets us down, though, is that this will only help to widen the gap. What we need are strategies that close the gap. A really great piece of writing in the NY times mentions just such a strategy.
Before people say “we don’t have the time/money/cattle to do that”, I would first say, “you don’t have the time/money/cattle NOT to do that…”
Intensive Small-Group Tutoring and Counseling Helps Struggling Students http://t.co/d9Cl7xnVBu
— Larry Ferlazzo (@Larryferlazzo) January 27, 2014
Thanks to Larry Ferlazzo for the tweet to alert me to it.