Seven easy steps to differentiating math instruction for busy teachers
Are you able to support your struggling students while also challenging your high achievers? Research clearly shows the value of using formative assessment to differentiate mathematics instruction, but putting it into practice can be daunting. This book makes it much easier! Staff development expert and former math teacher Leslie Laud provides a clear roadmap for using formative assessment to differentiate mathematics instruction for students in Grades 4–10, using strategies ideal for a Response to Intervention (RTI) model. She presents a comprehensive framework of research-based practices that show how to: Get started and establish norms; Implement formative assessment; Create tiered lessons; Manage a multitasking classroom effectively
Tested and enhanced by experienced math teachers, the book's strategies are designed for use in conjunction with any curriculum or textbook. Included are a wealth of practical examples, reproducibles, and student activities—all developed with effective time management in mind. Whether you are just starting or interested in enhancing your mathematics instruction, this book will prove an invaluable resource.
- Chapter 1: Getting Started and Establishing Norms
- Getting Started
- Establishing Class Norms
- Chapter 2: Formative Assessment
- What Is Formative Assessment?
- Where Am I?
- Involving Students in Self-Assessment
- Where Am I Going?
- Conveying Criteria or Learning Targets
- How Will I Get There?
- Providing Feedback
- Impact of Assessment on Confidence and Motivation
- Chapter 3: Tiered Instruction
- What Is a Tiered Lesson?
- Differentiating by Student Characteristics
- Tiering by Instructional Characteristics
- Tiering Existing Textbook Lessons
- Creating a Differentiated Lesson
- Chapter 4: Supporting Students Who Are Low Achieving
- Differentiating Instruction in Basic Facts
- Differentiating for Conceptual Understanding
- Differentiating Procedural Support
- Chapter 5: Challenging Students Who Are High Achieving
- Exemptions Based on Prior Knowledge or Pace of Learning
- Opportunities for Higher Order Math
- Strategies to Avoid
- Importance of Challenge
- Chapter 6: Time-Saving Management Strategies
- Planning Lessons and Units
- Managing Students Working on Different Tasks
- Assigning Homework
- Wrap Up