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Subject:   RE: Using the Math Tool for various ability levels within one class
Author: Craig
Date: Oct 2 2006
I have direct experience with students of different ability levels in the same
classroom, using different materials related to each student's strengths and
weaknesses.  SOMETIMES "different materials" might be technology-related, and
on those occasions, SOMETIMES that might involve the more advanced students
using technology, or perhaps the less advanced.  Ideally (and I have made this
work on occasion) if technology is the answer for one student, it can be the
answer for all--you just ask different questions, and perhaps offer different
tools appropriate to the different questions.

There is a great body of research and writing on this technique, which is called
DIFFERENTIATED INSTRUCTION.  It's a fairly new (last couple of decades) term for
what progressive teachers have been using for years.  It can be practiced with
or without technology, in classrooms ranging from pre-kindergarten through
college level courses, in just about every subject.  I encourage you to look up
differentiated instruction, perhaps at the ASCD (Association for Supervision and
Curriculum Development [?]) web site or the NAGC (National Association for
Gifted Children) web site, or simply look in education libraries.

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