A comment made by CA Maestra to my recent post Brothers from Another Mother: Management Fads and Educational Policies included a link to a YouTube video that lampoons what some call a fad, while others are dead serious about the theory and its application. Its name? Differentiated Instruction.
For what it is worth, I found the tongue-in-cheek video to be hilarious. If you cannot laugh at yourself, and your predicament, then you miss out on the joy of living, and may have resigned yourself to the utter futility of it all; no one wins in that situation. While there are definite needs for, and benefits to, differentiated instruction, its trite use by so many dilutes its value, and undermines the need it was designed to serve. Like all political humor, there is bitter truth wrapped in a comedic croissant. Peel back the layers and understand the basis for the humor, and true justice may be served as (most) experienced teachers know best whether it is feasible or not to apply [fill in the blank] teaching theory in their classroom with their students given the unique circumstances of each.
Watch the video and let me know your thoughts. Please keep comments clean and productive.