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 5: Challenging Students Who Are High Achieving
Challenging Students Who Are High Achieving
Students who are regularly high achieving in mathematics often crave intellectual stimulation. Finding or designing just the right level of challenge that is neither too easy, nor beyond their grasp can be challenging for teachers. These students often react emotionally when they are bored with easy work, or they disengage when work is too much of a reach. When the work is right at their challenge level, they exhibit an almost perceptible sense of enjoyment in their engagement. Their body language or comments offer valuable feedback that teachers can use to make instructional changes and inform future planning decisions. Essentially, students' responses to the work they are given provide valuable guidance, which is important ...