Ask the Expert: How Can Teaching Math From a Strengths-based Perspective Help Students Succeed? ‘When Teachers Utilize a Student’s Strengths, They Position Them as Already Possessing a Way of Knowledge That They Use To Understand the World,’ Says Associate Professor Jessica Hunt
Students’ thinking is often evaluated from a deficit standpoint, focusing on what they don’t yet know, says Associate Professor Jessica Hunt, Ph.D. This is especially true when it comes to teaching mathematics to students with disabilities. Instead of focusing on what students don’t know, Hunt says it is best for teachers to approach lessons from a strengths-based perspective.