Teacher Humor re: Differentiated Instruction

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.

About Dave aka Mr. Math Teacher

Independent consultant and junior college adjunct instructor. Former secondary math teacher who taught math intervention, algebra 1, geometry, accelerated algebra 2, precalculus, honors precalculus, AP Calculus AB, and AP Statistics. Prior to teaching, I spent 25 years in high tech in engineering, marketing, sales and business development roles in the satellite communications, GPS, semiconductor, and wireless industries. I am awed by the potential in our nation's youth and I hope to instill in them the passion to improve our world at local, state, national, and global levels.
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4 Responses to Teacher Humor re: Differentiated Instruction

  1. CA Maestra says:

    I actually just watched this again. It never gets old. Or less frustrating. 🙂


  2. gflint says:

    Last year our big in-service was on Differentiated Instruction. The instructor seemed to live in a little tiny world were all the students are excited by learning. My students just want to go home and play video games. Differentiated Instruction has been around for at least 30 years (the years I have been teaching) but now it has a nifty name and a following of administrators. Administrators seem to love concepts with names. As soon as something in education gets a name a consulting firm appears that specializes in giving in-services to schools on this wonderful new discovery. I need to give something a name and start a consulting company to teach it to teachers that have been using the concept for 20 years without the name. I could get rich much quicker than I am teaching. Remember the Madeline Hunter Model? For those teachers that struggled it was a God-send. For experienced teachers it was a royal pain in the rear. Do not see much Madeline Hunter Model any more. I expect Differentiated Instruction will end up in the same file cabinet.


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