Differentiation didn’t just mean extra work for Sloan it also created math anxiety in students. “They could tell when they were doing completely different activities,” she explains. “And immediately they would say, ‘I’m not good at math.’ Right off the bat in grade one, you don’t want that feeling or that attitude towards math.”
But with Mathologie’s resources Sloan says everyone can work on the same activity card and the same idea just in different groups and in different ways. Sloan uses Mathologie’s differentiation options—included in the teacher’s guide-—to easily modify centres based on students’ abilities.
“I can choose an activity that’s wordier for my stronger language group and something that’s more complex mathematically for my stronger math group, and then a less complex activity for groups that aren’t quite as strong. And it’s all differentiated for me already. It’s just a matter of pulling those activities out,” she explains.