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Using Formative Assessment to Differentiate Mathematics Instruction, Grades 4-10 : Seven Practices to Maximize Learning - Leslie E. Laud

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

Seven Practices to Maximize Learning

Paperback Published: 18th May 2011
ISBN: 9781412995245
Number Of Pages: 168

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"This practical and thought-provoking book offers time-saving strategies essential for every teacher in every discipline. The numerous self-assessments demonstrate that the best formative assessments are not merely given "to" students but are an interactive learning experience involving students, teachers, and professional colleagues."

-Douglas B. Reeves, Founder

The Leadership and Learning Center

"This book provides a wealth of information for teachers and mathematics leaders to consider when implementing intervention models, RTI programs, and differentiated instruction for low achievers through high achievers."

-Don S. Balka, Professor Emeritus

St. Mary's College, Notre Dame, IN

"Many of the seemingly abstruse or vague concepts-such as differentiated instruction-come alive in the numerous vignettes. Included are many examples of ways to quickly assess relevant student background knowledge before teaching a new topic and how to use this information for tiered instruction following an RTI (Response to Intervention) model."

-From the foreword by Russel Gersten

Director, Instructional Research Group & Professor Emeritus, University of Oregon

Seven easy steps to differentiating math instruction for busy teachers

Are you able to support your struggling students while also challenging your high achievers? Abundant research supports the value of differentiating instruction to students' individual levels, but putting it into practice can be daunting. 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. She provides a comprehensive framework of seven 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.

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"This practical and thought-provoking book offers time-saving strategies essential for every teacher in every discipline. The numerous self-assessments demonstrate that the best formative assessments are not merely given "to" students but are an interactive learning experience involving students, teachers, and professional colleagues."

-- Douglas B. Reeves, Founder
"Leslie Laud offers practical support for using formative assessments to inform teachers and students. Her book shimmers with real kids, real classrooms, and real teachers, and includes creative activities that provide both differentiated lessons and opportunities for ALL students to learn." -- Glenda Lappan, University Distinguished Professor
"This book provides a wealth of information for teachers and mathematics leaders to consider when implementing intervention models, RTI programs, and differentiated instruction for low achievers through high achievers." -- Don S. Balka, Professor Emeritus
"Leslie Laud has created a very readable and comprehensive guide to understanding what formative assessment is and how to use it to meet the needs of students in the mathematics classroom. She offers many specific examples, covering a variety of approaches teachers can use. What is particularly noteworthy is her recognition that different teachers need to come at this work in different ways - that differentiating instruction is not just for students, but for teachers, too." -- Marian Small, Author and Professional Development Consultant

"Leslie Laud provides practical applications in mathematics assessment and instruction. She uses many vignettes and examples to paint a picture seen in many classrooms today. Throughout the book, Laud includes little gems that help with such areas as motivational strategies to self-determinism to ideas for visual representations. The many teacher tips and sound solutions will support those who are implementing RTI in mathematics.

-- Brad Witzel, Associate Professor of Special Education
"Leslie Laud shows the importance of the link between formative assessment and differentiated instruction. There is a limited body of work that combines these two constructs, and that connection makes this book powerful." -- William Farber, Professor of Mathematics Education
"I learned a great deal and plan to make some changes in my 7th grade math classroom. Leslie Laud takes the 'fear' out of trying this method - she uses concrete examples that can be easily implemented by busy teachers. Her book gave me the initiative, reasons, and strategies to experiment with formative assessments to drive tiered instruction in my classroom!" -- Paul Kuhlman, Science and Math Teacher
"I appreciated the ready-to-teach tiered lesson examples and all of the resources that were shared. This book does a nice job of offering helpful web sites and applicable resources to support the classroom teacher." -- Rebecca Link, Middle School Math Teacher
"Using Formative Assessment to Differentiate Mathematics Instruction provides teachers with a variety of options that they can put in place right away, with little disruption of what they currently do. The author provides many templates for students and teachers to use immediately, and makes a solid argument, based on research, that differentiation is an important component in student achievement." -- Jeff Chaffee, Mathematics Curriculum Enhancement Teacher
"The recommendations in this book showed me how to organize my class to support each kind of learner. By providing formative assessment for my students, I am helping them learn what they need to do to help themselves. By providing different kinds of experiences for them to use in the classroom, I am giving them tools to support their own learning. Laud's book focuses on what is doable and reasonable for a classroom teacher." -- Marty Wagner, 7th Grade Math Teacher
"The powerful principles described can enhance stduents' learning of mathematics inside and outside the classroom and help teachers modify their lessons and teachings. It is a great way to enrich the teaching and learning of mathematics concepts in middle schools as well as reaching low and high achievers in the classroom." -- Wladina Antoine * Mathematics Teaching in the Middle School, February 2012 *

List of Figures
Preface
Acknowledgments
About the Author
Getting Started and Establishing Norms
Getting Started
Establishing Class Norms
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
Tiered Instruction
What Is a Tiered Lesson?
Tiering by Student Characteristics
Tiering by Instructional Characteristics
Tiering Existing Textbook Lessons
Creating a Tiered Lesson
Supporting Students Who Are Low Achieving
Differentiating Instruction in Basic Facts
Differentiating for Conceptual Understanding
Differentiating Procedural Support
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
Time-Saving Management Strategies
Planning Lessons and Units
Managing Students Working on Different Tasks
Assigning Homework
Grading
Wrap-Up
Suggested Resources
References
Index
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ISBN: 9781412995245
ISBN-10: 1412995248
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 168
Published: 18th May 2011
Publisher: SAGE Publications Inc
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 27.9 x 21.5  x 1.27
Weight (kg): 0.47

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