Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Differentiating Mathematics Instruction So EVERYONE Learns

In a white paper by Jennifer Taylor-Cox, Ph.D., written for McGraw Hill Education, Cox
outlines that teaching to the middle is not effective in assisting students to meet the expectations of the Common Core State Standards. She highlights the need for formative assessments, targeted instruction, and progress monitoring.

Samples of formative assessments as well as questions for progress monitoring are discussed. Some questions Taylor-Cox recommends asking in regard to adjusting instruction are:
  • Is the student making progress? How solid is the student’s understanding?
  • What does the student need to learn next? Does the student need more work with a specific concept?
  • What misconceptions does the student have? Where are the learning gaps?

To read the entire white paper, click here:

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