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Using Formative Assessment to Differentiate Mathematics Instruction, Grades 4–10

Seven Practices to Maximize Learning

Staff development expert Leslie Laud provides seven research-based practices that show teachers how to implement formative assessment, create tiered instruction, and manage a multitasking classroom.

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  • Grade Level: PreK-12, Elementary, Secondary
  • ISBN: 9781412995245
  • Published By: Corwin
  • Year: 2011
  • Page Count: 168
  • Publication date: June 01, 2012

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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.

Key features

  • Based on current research on mathematics instructional practices
  • Includes reproducibles that teachers can use immediately with their students.
  • Presents strategies that were designed with time management in mind and can be implemented gradually over time or introduced in the classroom step-by-step in a short period of time.
  • Shows how teachers can adapt and differentiate existing lessons from required curricular texts.
  • Organized and presented in a way that is easily and quickly accessible to busy teachers.
  • Includes brief real-life examples drawn from the author's and reviewers' classrooms, as well as many successful experiences from workshop participants.


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Leslie E. Laud

Leslie Laud has differentiated math instruction in her own classroom and in her co-teaching with her math colleagues, and has been doing so for almost two decades. She teaches an online course on Differentiated Middle School Math Instruction at Bank Street College of Education. Additionally, she has presented at many conferences both nationally and internationally, including The National Council of Teachers of Mathematics annual conference. She has also published many articles in leading journals such as Educational Leadership and Teaching Exceptional Children. She currently leads staff development groups with teachers in school systems in the Boston area. She received both her doctorate in curriculum and instruction and her master’s in special education from Teachers College, Columbia University.
Table of Contents

Table of Contents

List of Figures



About the Author

1. Getting Started and Establishing Norms

Getting Started

Establishing Class Norms

2. Formative Assessment

What is Formative Assessment?

Where Am I? Involving Students in Self-Assessment

Where Am I Going? Conveying Criteria or Learning Targets

How Will I Get There? Providing Feedback

Impact of Assessment on Confidence and Motivation

3. Tiered Instruction

What Is a Tiered Lesson?

Tiering by Student Characteristics

Tiering by Instructional Characteristics

Tiering Existing Textbook Lessons

Creating a Tiered Lesson

4. Supporting Students Who Are Low Achieving

Differentiating Instruction in Basic Facts

Differentiating for Conceptual Understanding

Differentiating Procedural Support

5. Challenging Students Who Are High Achieving

Exemptions Based on Prior Knowledge and/or Pace of Learning

Opportunities for Higher-Order Math

Strategies to Avoid

Importance of Challenge

6. Time-Saving Management Strategies

Planning Lessons and Units

Managing Students Working on Different Tasks

Assigning Homework



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Price: $33.95
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