During my interview today, I was asked a question on differentiation. I know that I do differentiate, and I really work hard to do it well, but I've had some trouble articulating exactly how I do it in past interviews. Today I did some research in order to come up with a more refined answer, and in my response I mentioned offering choice in topics/presentation format, checking in with students individually, and making sure that I get to know my students well so that I can grade student work on an individualized basis. I also said that one thing I don't do when differentiating is provide different students with different assignments or levels of questions, as I believe that that communicates low expectations, and I think that I would be doing a disservice to my students if I didn't give all of them the opportunity to respond to high-level questions. After I responded, the P asked me if I'd done any reading on the subject of differentiation. I said that I had done some, and he then asked if I was familiar with the names of any "experts" on the subject. I admitted that I was more familiar with concepts than names, but that if I would probably be able to recognize names of important figures if I saw or heard them mentioned somewhere. The P then recommended the works of Carol Ann Tomlinson to me. I've since purchased one of her books and and downloaded it to my Kindle - it sounded like a great resource, and I'm happy to have it. However, I'm not quite sure how to take the comment the P made to me. Did he suggest Tomlinson's works because he thought I might find them interesting and helpful, or does that kind of suggestion indicate that he thought my response was somehow lacking? How would you interpret his remark? (And if anyone has any opinions on Tomlinson's ideas, I'd certainly be interested in hearing them as well!) Thanks!