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ERIC Number: EJ858745
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Oct
Pages: 6
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 3
ISSN: ISSN-1073-5836
The Power of Choice
Bray, Wendy S.
Teaching Children Mathematics, v16 n3 p178-183 Oct 2009
Achieving equity in elementary school mathematics instruction involves meeting a diverse range of student learning needs that are inevitably present in mixed-ability classrooms. An instructional strategy that the author has found useful in working toward equity in mathematics class is to introduce opportunities for students to learn to make good instructional choices, which motivates and helps them to become increasingly self-regulated and in control of their own learning. This article describes how teachers can offer opportunities for students to self-differentiate a single mathematical task by making choices regarding the task content, solution processes, and working conditions. A math menu strategy is also presented as a structure through which teachers can provide differentiated instruction and students can make choices regarding the activities they will work on to achieve particular instructional objectives. In addition to providing a structure through which to offer differentiated instruction, offering opportunities for students to make instructional choices has a positive effect on students' motivation and learning. (Contains 4 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A