In my mentor classroom, Mrs. Lane assigned a project about osmosis and diffusion that asked the students to follow the guidelines on the rubric. Each student received the same exact instructions, which is equality. When she was grading the project, the students who didn’t perform on the same level as other students were given the opportunity to summarize their knowledge in a paragraph after class to prove they comprehended the material. That is equity, for it was individualized to only the students who needed the extra help to assist them to the coveted grade. Because she offered this extra assistance, the students left the classroom knowing they did their best, and that they received the grade they had hoped for.
Osmosis and diffusion are difficult topics in science, lessons that I didn’t stumble upon until Honors Biology last year, and that has been the main concept of the student’s learning while I have been in the class. But, Mrs. Lane has explained this process in a sophisticated manner, as she has broken down each individual step to accommodate their confusion, with examples and analogies. She has even acted out diffusion using a hula hoop! When we return from break, everything is going to shift into a technologically advanced state because the students are receiving their iPads, and they’re thrilled to contain this opportunity.