Each Versus All

At first glance, they appear so similar:

  • All students will learn at high levels.
  • Each student will learn at a high level.

However, this slight difference in starting points makes a vast difference in the multifinality that ensues.

Here’s a graphic to sum a thousand words:

A mission and action plan that focuses on each student is vastly different, with different outcomes, than focusing on all students.
Each versus all. Can you tell which color is which?

Let’s not talk theory. Let’s look at the practical applications, and then we’ll dig a little bit into the graphic above.

Focusing on each student requires starting points such as:

  • What do you need to learn?
  • What do you want to learn?
  • What will you learn?
  • How will this unit of study help you in your life now?
  • How will these courses of study limit/open your future opportunities?

Focusing on all students implies:

  • How many students are passing?
  • What will we offer our students?
  • How will we prepare them for their future?
  • (Sometimes) How will we prepare them for the future?
  • What are the gaps between the student groups?

Notice the vast difference?

And the graphic.

The blue represents focusing on each student. The teal, on all students. Both colors represent multifinality, but the teal is a closer cluster.

The teal promotes average – even if unintentionally.


Tell me what you’re thinking.

Do you see any difference between each and all? What impact does this possibly have on learning? Have you observed the difference?

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