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.

Formative Assessment

Formative assessment

After giving her students 15 minutes to complete a first diagnostic preassessment of the year on addition and subtraction of fractions (see Figure 2.1), Ms. Musambee reassured them that she would not be grading it or even looking at it, unless they wanted her to do so. This activity was just for them to determine what they had learned about fractions in the past. It would be used only to help them find what they would need to work on to master these procedures in the upcoming unit. “Doing this pretest is designed to help each of you get what you need in the coming new unit,” she explained. The results of the pretest would enable them to determine what next steps ...

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