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Differentiating Mathematics Instruction

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Read "Differentiating Mathematics Instruction" (http://www.edu.gov.on.ca/eng/literacynumeracy/inspire/research/different_math.pdf).

1. What is differentiation according to this author?
2. Why is this important in math instruction?
3. How does a teacher create and utilize a curriculum which allows for differentiated student responses?
4. How does a teacher provide choice in the math classroom?
5. What will this look like in your classroom?

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What is differentiation according to this author?
"Differentiation is an organized yet flexible way of proactively adjusting teaching and learning to meet kids where they are and help them to achieve maximum growth as learners." (Tomlinson, 1999).

Why is this important in math instruction?
A teacher needs to understand the mathematics represented in the different student responses to the problem and see mathematical connections between the solutions. Each student may have a different understanding of the concept or process and may even have a different interpretation of what the question is asking. This may do to prior instruction, ...

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The differentiating mathematics instructions are examined. How teachers create and utilize a curriculum which allows for differentiated student responses.

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Differentiating math instruction as a whole is discussed.

Differentiating instruction takes time and meeting the needs of the learners requires extra time spent on planning and implementation, how do you propose to ensure you include this in your class each day? What will your differentiation in math look like? Whole group? Small group? Homogeneous or heterogeneous?

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