#### Graduation Year

2011

#### Location

Ames Library, Illinois Wesleyan University

#### Start Date

9-4-2011 9:00 AM

#### End Date

9-4-2011 10:00 AM

#### Description

During student teaching I observed that my third graders had an array of mathematical abilities and retention levels of math concepts. Differentiated instruction is when teachers respond to the individual needs of students through a variety of strategies. To address my students varied abilities, I incorporated differentiated instruction into the math curriculum. I sought out to study exactly what differentiated instruction in math looks like and which strategies within differentiated instruction improved the students' retention and addresses the varied ability levels. Through differentiated lesson plans, field notes, and student reflections, I conclude that differentiated instruction, when implemented correctly, is a way for teachers to meet students varied learning needs. Since students grasp math in a variety of ways differentiated instruction is a method for teachers to help students learn the material in a way that makes sense to them.

Furthering Math Education through Differentiated Instruction

Ames Library, Illinois Wesleyan University

During student teaching I observed that my third graders had an array of mathematical abilities and retention levels of math concepts. Differentiated instruction is when teachers respond to the individual needs of students through a variety of strategies. To address my students varied abilities, I incorporated differentiated instruction into the math curriculum. I sought out to study exactly what differentiated instruction in math looks like and which strategies within differentiated instruction improved the students' retention and addresses the varied ability levels. Through differentiated lesson plans, field notes, and student reflections, I conclude that differentiated instruction, when implemented correctly, is a way for teachers to meet students varied learning needs. Since students grasp math in a variety of ways differentiated instruction is a method for teachers to help students learn the material in a way that makes sense to them.