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Strategies for Differentiation

This discussion is part of a collection:Strategies for Teaching Students Struggling With Mathematics

Just as all students do not learn in the same way, not all teachers teach in the same way. What strategies for differentiation work best in your classroom?


I organize heterogeneous groups, teach them cooperative skills, give them challenging (low threshold/high ceiling) problems, and expect them to express (often write) about their reasoning and conclusions. This allows me time to give individual attention to students at all ability levels. I encourage interactions among the groups too, so that struggling students are tapping into more resources than just the teacher.