One of the biggest challenges with teaching is differentiating within a large class, especially when there is a broad scope of abilities and levels! Once upon a time, I was in a teaching role that involved seeing 220 students a week across K-6! I had to teach different math topics to other groups and wouldn't have much time to prep from class to class. Being the teacher kids only saw once a week for a couple of hours meant that I needed a lesson that would quickly engage them to make the most of our learning time. This teaching experience is why I decided to create Math Mysteries. To differentiate and cater to the different classrooms, I usually designed editions of the same mystery in various grade levels. This post will show you how easy it is to differentiate with my math mystery resources in your classroom. I'll also show you where to grab a full FREE differentiated Math Mystery set to see how it works!
Think back to your days at school. What lessons stick in your mind? It most likely isn’t the lesson where you read from a textbook. More than likely enough, it is something fun or practical that sticks in your mind. Maybe it was with your favourite teacher as they were funny or explained things very clearly. Or maybe it is a memory of something that was taught in a different way. When planning lessons, as the saying goes, variety is the spice of life. Follow these tips to help ensure your pupils remember your lessons.
The reality of modern teaching is that within your class there will be a range of learning needs. Differentiating the lesson to make it accessible to all students is key to positive student engagement and success. It also saves you some serious stress having to manage behaviour! The other reality is that your time is a rare and valuable commodity, and we need to be savvy on our differentiation styles to save as much of it as we can. We are going to look at 2 main areas; ‘Differentiating by Task’ and ‘Differentiating by Outcome’.
A 21st century School Teacher, Mother, and Wife.
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