NM – Equality, diversity and inclusion Leigh Redman
Using Mathletics to support the teaching of equality, diversity and inclusion.
Equality and diversity is the idea of promoting and accepting the differences between people. More specifically, it is about ensuring individuals are treated fairly and equally, no matter their race, gender, age, ability or religion. Diversity is about recognising and respecting these differences to create an all-inclusive atmosphere. Promoting inclusion in education is essential for both teachers and students. Our aim is to create a classroom environment where all students can thrive together and understand that individual characteristics make people unique and not ‘different’ in a negative way.
Mathletics for inclusive teaching…
All pupils receive the same number of points for a correct answer regardless of their ability, so participation is recognised equally – for example, a Y6 bottom set class can match or beat a Y6 top set class with participation points.
Each pupil can be assigned course content specific to their ability, so everyone has the same chance of gaining an award (such as a weekly certificate, awarded for earning 1000 points in a week).
Credits are awarded for improvement. It doesn’t matter what level or at what position a pupil begins, 10 credits are awarded each time they improve upon their personal high score – encouraging continued growth for all. In addition, 100 credits are awarded for earning a weekly certificate.
All activities have animated visual support allowing everyone to follow the lesson, inclusive of EAL pupils. Curriculum questions can also be read aloud by Mathletics, supporting pupils who may have lower reading ability levels.
A large and increasing amount of content within Mathletics now includes a range of accessibility options for pupils with a variety of needs, inclusive of increased visual and auditory requirements.
Mathletics uses a range of auditory, visual and kinaesthetic techniques to support pupils’ learning in a variety of ways – including videos, a library of printable content, plus a range of interactive components in the Concept Search.
Each pupil can create a personal avatar to represent themselves within Mathletics. Pupils can identify as either gender and the avatar builder includes a range of skin tones, with a variety of ethnic clothes, accessories and facial features available.
The World Challenge in Live Mathletics can promote knowledge and understanding of learners in other countries and encourage discussion about different races and cultures within the classroom.
With the Mathletics mobile app’s offline functionality and the range of printable workbook resources available, pupils are able to learn and be supported by Mathletics regardless of their access to technology and/or the internet at home.
We love learning. That’s why we offer every school a free trial of Mathletics. Explore how Mathletics can help support inclusive teaching in your maths classroom today!