Date Approved


Graduate Degree Type


Degree Name

Education-Instruction and Curriculum: Educational Differentiation (M.Ed.)

Degree Program

College of Education

First Advisor

Ellen Schiller

Academic Year



Mathematics achievement in elementary and middle school students has decreased across the United States since 2019. Research has shown that moving away from traditional lecture-style teaching and implementing creative and application based learning can result in higher academic achievement and engagement. By utilizing challenging curricular tasks, Project Based Learning, and arts integration, students can be presented with more authentic and engaging academic content to deepen mathematical understanding and success. This project explores the benefits and effects of integrating creative teaching strategies into the mathematics classroom as an equitable teaching approach. Through the use of non-scripted curricular tasks, Project Based Learning, and arts integration, resources and examples are presented to teachers to improve and strengthen existing mathematics curriculum and standards. A professional development workshop plan has been developed and included in the project to assist teachers and administrators.