Much like Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs, students learn best when they feel safe enough to take risks in the classroom and have a strong mathematical identity. Creating a positive classroom culture is a critical first step in creating an equitable learning environment.
Using a curriculum that supports research informed equitable teaching practices is a critical component in meeting the needs of all the students in a diverse classroom. Using rich tasks that promote math reasoning and have many solution pathways opens doors for divergent thinkers.
We now know what we need to do to reach all types of learners. Master the eight Mathematics Teaching Practices and you will be well on your way to reaching all learners in a heterogeneous classroom.