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We don't need differentiation, we need to be be better teachers.

I read the following post 'The dangers of differentiation and what to do about them' by Andy Tharby (@atharby) earlier today. I would suggest you read that first then come back here. It's an excellent post and I believe that Andy has gone some way in demonstrating how ineffective our current form of differentiated instruction is at the moment. I believe that we are holding back many children due to our obsession with differentiation in every lesson.

Differentiation means well. In a recent post on EdWeek, differentiation takes the following factors of student learning into account.
It seeks to determine what students already know and what they still need to learn.It allows students to demonstrate what they know through multiple methodsIt encourages students and teachers to add depth and complexity to the learning/teaching process.

The problem with this is that it can be unworkable in the classroom. The teacher ends up spending too much valuable and productive time on the time-…