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.

Tiered Instruction

Tiered instruction

Before class Ms. Chou reviewed the preassessments she had given the day before on parallel lines. She had been surprised to find that some of her eighth-grade students had not been able to define clearly parallel lines, though a few were fully able to and could even find measures of the angles when two parallel lines were cut by a transversal and only one angle measure was given. As always, the preassessment revealed a range of readiness levels and some surprises.

As her students entered, they turned in their homework packets for the week. A few were placed in the bin “I have questions,” but most put theirs in the bin labeled “I'm comfortable with my understanding of this topic.” Ms. Chou usually ...

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