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.

Time-Saving Management Strategies

Time-saving management strategies

Managing time when making any changes to one's teaching can feel overwhelming. Where should I begin? How much differentiation do I really need to do to maximize the gains for my students? Begin with what makes the most sense and feels most comfortable at first, then slowly extend your efforts over time. This is how I, and the teachers I have worked with, began. We did not try to do everything all at once, yet even with small changes on our part, we immediately saw substantial gains in student achievement. The key to deciding where to begin is figuring out what feels comfortable.

In fact, even teachers working in schools with minimal preparation time found that many changes recommended in this ...

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