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Differentiated instruction for all types of learners is essential. What is the technique that you think works well?

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Posted by brandonnd
Asked on February 2, 2016 11:11 am
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It depends on the topic you are choosing. One example that I have is when I use the financial calculators in class for calculating things like time value of money or costs of loans, I often have alternate assignments for my students with lower level math abilities. For instance, they may do practice on word problems about money instead of being overwhelmed and frustrated by the financial calculators.

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Posted by kherrild
Answered on February 2, 2016 11:25 am
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I like the TI-30XS Multiview calculator for my financial algebra students – I bought them because they are more of a WYSIWYG (What You See Is What You Get) type of view. Many of my students really struggle with fractions (all over financial math) and this view allows them to see how the fractions fit into more complex formulas such as compound interest. This is a differentiation tool for me – admittedly if I was teaching AP Economics I probably would use a different calculator.

I also tend to have tests with a mix of easy/medium/hard questions (nobody gets a zero unless skipped) and yet there are a few tough questions for more advanced students to not think it’s a total fluff class (my case it’s an alternative to Algebra 2 so it’s maybe more mathy than some financial literacy classes).

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Posted by jpwright
Answered on February 2, 2016 12:03 pm
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