Have you ever wondered why differentiation is so elusive and challenging to implement in schools? For years, educators have attempted to differentiate with a varying degree of success. Ask any school leader, and they would be very happy if teachers would intentionally plan and deliver instruction that differentiates at three levels: high, middle, and low. Yet we all know that every student is unique. Students come to our classrooms and schools with different learning backgrounds, home situations, and levels of attainment, not to mention a vast array of student interests and passions.
Sascha Heckmann, EdD, is an innovative practitioner with broad experience in a variety of contexts. He is currently director at the American International School of Mozambique.