|Scooped by Rachel Dwyer|
My purpose in creating and curating this topic comes from my own concern and curiosity about the variety and diversity of the learners in my classroom. Curriculum 2.0 has posed as a challenge not only because it is different, but because it challenges the learner, including the teacher, to look at learning differently, and to take on different perspectives and approaches. The students in my class are only experiencing this curriculum this year, and that is it. Therefore, it has been a lot for them to digest and to process. We have been working through it, and have taken our time. Yet I have struggled with how to differentiate instruction and learning so that each and every student can connect to their learning, no matter what level and point that they are at. There has to be a common ground where all students can be instructed, so that everyone is on the same track, but students still need the support and development of their individualy needs.
This particular article paints a picture for the reader as to what differentiation in Mathematics looks like. Our instruction should respond to the strengths and interests of the students, which requires us to look at math in a whole new way.
The article explores differentiation in terms of the multiple intelligences, and then describes and gives examples of what that might look like in math. I had never thought of the intelligences in connection with differentiation in math in this much depth, and it was extremely informative. I am really excited to take these ideas and thoughts into consideration and come up with ways to implement it in the classroom.
I will now observe and categorize my learners based on their intelligences in math. This will help me to better understand the way that they learn and to then use the information from this article to come up with ways to enhance the learning and instruction for these students. They also split up the article into the different sections of math, to give a more focused and in depth look at different options and ideas.
I think that the students will then experience learning that is targeted at the way that they think and learn, and will come a little bit easier for them and serve as something to fall back on as they are grappling with new and challenging content.