How Can I Possibly Differentiate In Math?

Anyone involved in education these days has surely heard the term Differentiated Instruction. Used in many ways, differentiated instruction is a proactive teaching method that centers around each student as a unique learner. Simply put, every child arriving in my classroom shows up with differing skills and interests. It is paramount to use varying strategies and materials to meet these varying needs. However, as any teacher knows, it is a Herculean task to develop a unique curriculum for each student. We are left with finding ways to adjust our existing lessons to appeal to our kinesthetic students who learn by building, or our musical students who will thrive if we can set our material to a beat, or a tune.

In mathematics, differentiating instruction is especially difficult. How do we teach multiplication when seven students mastered it last year and five students still need work in basic addition? We ask ourselves, how can we, as teachers, possibly differentiate math and reach all our students? It is here that DreamBox Learning fills a glaring need in today’s classroom. DreamBox accurately places students in a fluid curriculum right at one’s instructional level. When students use DreamBox, a student can work on a 1st grade counting lesson while sitting next to a classmate working on 3rd grade place value. If a first grade teacher has a group of students ahead of their classmates, DreamBox will accurately place them in more challenging and engaging material.

It is this placement on a unique learning path for each student that makes DreamBox such an outstanding addition in today’s classroom. So, as summer break winds down and we head back to set up classrooms and welcome a new group of students, take comfort in knowing DreamBox Learning can and will differentiate math instruction and provide your students with a truly individualized learning experience.

Neal Manegold

Producer, DreamBox Learning | MBA, Technology Management | NBCT, Middle Childhood