- What is the difference between equity and equality?
- Describe when your mentor teacher treated the children equitably. Describe when your mentor teacher treated children equally. How did your mentor encourage children to be fair with each other?
- What are the students learning about?
- What else did you observe this week?
Equality refers to giving everyone the same resources to complete a task; Equity refers to giving everyone different resources if needed so that they can complete the task with the same outcome. In simple terms, Equality=Same Income, Equity=Same Outcome.
Mr. Koob treated his students equitably by creating a shorter test for his ELL students because it takes them longer to read questions in English and it is harder for them to understand his teaching in the first place. They still did not perform as well as the other classes, but he expected that and is even planning a test retake for them. An example of equality would be giving everyone the same handouts. However, some students are able to fly through worksheets while their peers are struggling on question one. Since equality isn't very preferable in this case, Mr. Koob will put out optional extra practice sheets before a test so that students can practice exactly what they need, creating equity because this would theoretically result in a higher score for everyone. Koob encourages fairness by having students work with their peers, so if a student is well ahead of the others, they can help everyone out and try to even the playing field.
Right now, the students are learning the various ways that ratios and fractions are applied to the real world, and how to find unit rates and rates of change.
I saw the major change that Memorial underwent for the holidays. I had completely forgotten that they make the hall lights red and green in some parts of the building in December, or that they decorate the halls with snowflakes and so forth. It was nice to see and remember that.
I'm authoritative, and I would say that Mr. Koob is too. I agree with pretty much all of his teaching methods, specifically the way that he lets the students get off task temporarily but then steers them back to the topic at hand so as to make them feel like they're in a more fun environment but they're still focused. I've always felt that if you have a firm set of rules that you can easily explain, and you let the students' minds wander a bit every now and then, you're doing everything right. Mr. Koob appears to think the same way. It is especially effective when the teacher leads a side conversation, because that allows for a personal touch on their part and makes the students become more interested in them. Koob doesn't do it often, but every now and then he'll tell a story about something he's done or seen, and the kids love it. As for ineffective management, I really can't think of any times where he displayed a strategy that was not beneficial to the students' learning. He's got the control and relationship stuff down pretty well.