Nice to hear that Dr Carol Anne Tomlinson, author of 13 books focusing on differentiation, was in Melbourne recently, although typically the AGE opened with a statement that seemed critical of most teachers:
MOST teachers are pitching their lessons to the average student, with both the top and bottom students routinely missing out, according to a visiting US educational consultant.
I’ve got a lot of time for Tomlinsons’ writing, and we’ve spent a lot of effort at school emphasising the concept of differentiation (I prefer student centered learning) but Tomlinson’s work is VERY American in context and I’m not sure how much time she’s spent in Australian schools. Possibly the opening sentence misrepresents the totality of her speech (I hope).
The full article is at the AGE HERE
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