Differentiation that shifts your instruction and boosts ALL student learning!
Nationally recognized math differentiation expert Nanci Smith debunks the myths surrounding differentiated instruction, revealing a practical approach to real learning differences. Theory-lite and practice-heavy, this book provides a concrete and manageable framework for helping all students know, understand, and even enjoy doing mathematics. Busy K-5 mathematics educators learn to
- Provide practical structures for assessing how students learn and process mathematical concepts
- Design, implement, manage, and formatively assess and respond to learning in a standards-aligned differentiated classroom; and
- Adjust current instructional materials to better meet students' needs
Includes classroom videos and a companion website.
About the Author
Nanci Smith, founder of Effective Classrooms Educational Consulting (E2C2), is currently a full-time consultant in the areas of differentiated instruction, curriculum, Common Core State Standards, and mathematics. Also ASCD faculty in the differentiated instruction cadre, and a Solution Tree consultant and author on two books in press, Nanci has provided professional development in small, large, urban, rural, and suburban districts in 47 states, as well as the Netherlands, Singapore, and Japan. She has presented at conferences and institutes in Southeast Asia, Europe, and the Middle East, and has helped develop high-quality curriculum in the Philippines. Smith is the math consultant and author of the User's Guide for ASCD's Meaningful Math: Leading Students Toward Understanding and Application DVD series and has developed a CD/DVD-based professional development series for middle school math teachers. Her classroom was featured in ASCD's video series At Work in the Differentiated Classroom. She authored a chapter in the ASCD book Differentiation in Practice, Grades 5 - 9, as well as assorted lessons in other ASCD books on differentiation.
Table of Contents
Video ContentsForeword by Carol Ann TomlinsonPrefaceAcknowledgmentsAbout the AuthorCHAPTER 1. START UP: Why Knowing and Addressing Students’ Learning Differences Is Critical Introduction What Differentiation Is and Is Not A Glance at a Differentiated Classroom Frequently Asked Questions Keepsakes and PlansCHAPTER 2. FIND OUT: Strategies for Determining Who Each of Your Students Is as Mathematics Learner Who Our Learners Are Strategies to Determine Readiness Strategies to Determine Interest Strategies to Determine Learning Profile Frequently Asked Questions . . . Keepsakes and PlansCHAPTER 3. TEACH UP: Making Sense of Rigorous Mathematical Content Mathematics Makes Sense Themes and Big Ideas in Mathematics Teaching Up What Learning Mathematics with Understanding Like Frequently Asked Questions Keepsakes and PlansCHAPTER 4. STEP UP: How to Make Proactive Planning Decisions That Deepen Thinking The Decisions Behind Differentiation Differentiation and KUD Strategies for Differentiation Classroom Structures Frequently Asked Questions Keepsakes and PlansCHAPTER 5. SET IT UP: Establishing the Right Tone to Make Differentiation Doable A Healthy Learning Environment Embracing Fair Everybody Learns Mindsets Frequently Asked Questions Keepsakes and PlansCHAPTER 6. POWER ON: Mastering and Modeling Daily Routines for Achievement All Year Classroom Routines Frequently Asked Questions Keepsakes and PlansCHAPTER 7. STEP BACK: Tools for Assessing and Evaluating in a Differentiated Classroom Assessment For, Of and As Learning Principles to Develop Assessments Designing Assessments Frequently Asked Questions Keepsakes and PlansCHAPTER 8. CLOSE UP: A Week in the Life of a Differentiated Mathematics Class A Look Into a Week in a Primary Classroom A Look Into a Week in an Intermediate Classroom Advice From the Field ConclusionAppendix A. Further Reading on the Topic of English Language LearnersAppendix B. Further Reading on the Topic of Special EducationAppendix C. Further Reading on the Topic of Rich Problems and Mathematical DiscourseReferencesIndex