Date Approved


Degree Type

Open Access Senior Honors Thesis

Department or School

Teacher Education


This autobiographical self-study thesis explores the growth of the pre-student teacher within the context of an exploration of differentiation. It is an in-depth, reflective study of the development of a curriculum unit based in environmental mathematics education, the teaching of that unit in three contrasting school systems, and the results of that teaching for the student and teacher. The importance of listening in differentiation is emphasized as the questions, ideas, reflections, and mistakes of a pre-service teacher are discussed. In order to maintain validity and perspective, the theisis is written in narrative style with particular attention to author context, chronological insight, and future implications