I have read countless books, articles and blogs on the importance of differentiating instruction. I disagree with almost all of them because of the teacher-centered approach they take. Learning isn’t instruction; learning is acquisition.
Instruction focuses on what the teacher provides or what the teacher tells the student and differentiation merely postulates that teachers need to provide a variety of materials and tell in a variety of ways.
That is teaching.
Learning is something else.
Learning is inquisition, investigation and association.
Learning starts with questions. Who? What? Where? When? How? Why? What happened? What will happen if…?
Investigation is not the teacher providing the answers before the question is asked. It is the process of the student seeking potential answers and testing them.
Learning emerges as the result of information gleaned in the investigation phase associating with prior knowledge leading to the synthesis of new knowledge and, when it works best, new and better questions.