This week my class has focused on this popular image demonstrating the difference between equity and equality.
As part of our class discussion, we had to take this image and try to remix it. After spending quite a bit of time trying to figure out what I could possibly remix this into, I decided to stay true to something I do everyday. That is teaching math. So often I find that even in a leveled math class I am faced with teaching students of all different learning styles. In an Algebra 1 advanced class I have students who understand material on the first try, those we need a few extra examples and those who will never fully understand the material. This struck me as being incredibly similar to the photo comparing equity vs equality.
Students who are placed in the same math class are all equal in the sense that the level, curriculum and assessments that they take will be the same. However, their level of understanding will not be the same no matter how hard they try. Some students will understand quicker than others and that produces the lack of equity in my opinion. I decided to use this as my remix for the photo. While I am NOT an artist in any way, I also am not very good with photo shop. So I decided to give my drawing a shot using a piece of paper and a pencil. Here is what I came up with …
Students learn everyday in class regardless of the subject, but true understanding of the material is very different. My goal as a teacher is to reach all students regardless of learning style to help them reach that level of understanding. This assignment reminded me of that this week.