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Every Math Learner, Grades K-5

Every Math Learner, Grades K-5
A Doable Approach to Teaching With Learning Differences in Mind

  • Nanci N. Smith - Effective Classrooms Educational Consulting, LLC (President & CEO)

Foreword by Carol Ann Tomlinson

February 2017 | 304 pages | Corwin

As an elementary teacher, you know that students are different and learn differently. And yet, when students enter your classroom, you somehow must teach these unique individuals deep mathematics content using rigorous standards. Is differentiation really the answer? How can it be done well and in less time? 

Nationally recognized math differentiation expert Nanci Smith debunks the myths, revealing what differentiation is and isn’t. In this engaging book Smith reveals a practical approach to teaching for real learning differences. You’ll gain insights into an achievable, daily differentiation process for ALL students in the K-5 classroom.

Theory-lite and practice-heavy, this book shows how to maintain order and sanity while helping your students know, understand, and even enjoy doing mathematics. Classroom videos, teacher vignettes, ready-to-go lesson ideas, and rich K-5 mathematics examples help you build a manageable framework of engaging, sense-making math. 

Busy K-5 mathematics teachers, coaches, and teacher teams will learn to

  • Provide practical structures for assessing how each of your students learns and processes mathematical concepts
  • Design, implement, manage, and formatively assess and respond to learning in a differentiated classroom
  • Plan specific, standards-aligned differentiated lessons, activities, and assessments
  • Adjust current instructional materials and program resources to better meet students' needs

This book includes classroom videos, in-depth student work samples, student surveys, templates, before-and-after lesson demonstrations, examples of 5-day sequenced lessons, and a robust companion website with downloadables of all the tools in the books plus other resources for further planning. Every Math Learner, Grades K-5 will help you know and understand your students as learners in order to provide daily differentiation that accelerates their mathematics comprehension.

“Every Math Learner is a powerful tool for educators serious about meeting the needs of all learners in their mathematics classrooms. Nanci Smith balances philosophy with practicality while providing a glimpse into real classrooms with real students. Teachers will ultimately learn how to lift students up to their greatest potential in learning.”
—Eileen Hogan, District Mathematics Facilitator, Winnetka District #36

Video Contents
Foreword by Carol Ann Tomlinson
About the Author
CHAPTER 1. START UP: Why Knowing and Addressing Students’ Learning Differences Is Critical
What Differentiation Is and Is Not  
A Glance at a Differentiated Classroom  
Frequently Asked Questions  
Keepsakes and Plans  
CHAPTER 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 Plans  
CHAPTER 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 Plans  
CHAPTER 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 Plans  
CHAPTER 5. SET IT UP: Establishing the Right Tone to Make Differentiation Doable
A Healthy Learning Environment  
Embracing Fair  
Everybody Learns  
Frequently Asked Questions  
Keepsakes and Plans  
CHAPTER 6. POWER ON: Mastering and Modeling Daily Routines for Achievement All Year
Classroom Routines  
Frequently Asked Questions  
Keepsakes and Plans  
CHAPTER 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 Plans  
CHAPTER 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  
Appendix A. Further Reading on the Topic of English Language Learners
Appendix B. Further Reading on the Topic of Special Education
Appendix C. Further Reading on the Topic of Rich Problems and Mathematical Discourse

“I trained elementary teachers how to teach mathematics for 17 years. Had this book been available, it would have been part of the curriculum. I really like the Try It! sections that gives teachers strategies they can immediately put to use in their classrooms. The Watch It! videos bring the material to life and the discussion questions tease out the important ideas presented. I highly recommend this book for anyone wanting to learn more about how to deal with differences in the classroom.“

Betz Frederick, Ph. D., Retired Mathematics Education Professor
Grand Canyon University

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Chapter 1: Start Up

Chapter 3: Teach Up

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