Differentiating Instruction with Menus
This book really changed the rigor of my classroom environment! As we all know, having a multitude of students with different needs can be a real challenge. From gifted and talented to fast finishers to intervention kiddos to the special needs students, managing all of the needs can be hard. I use this book to help me differentiate instruction. There are many examples of menus and products that can be used to support your students. I used them to provide challenge work for my students once they were finished with a task. They were created to be completed over a nine-week grading period. The students really enjoyed the tasks and would work on them diligently. The menu even made for a quick and easy station task when needed. Follow the link for more information. Check out some cool math menu ideas here!
This is one of my favorite resource books for setting up guided math or math workshop in the classroom. It contains essential information for implementing a successful workshop such as offering pros and cons for using it with the whole class vs. small groups, conferencing with students, and assessment practices. I did not follow the philosophy in its entirety; however, I used some of the ideas to enhance my current program. I especially liked the Math Stretch activities, including Number of the Day, What’s Next, and How Did My Family Use Math Last Night. Follow the link for more information.
Five Practices for Orchestrating Productive Mathematics Discussions
This book is a great resource for getting started with “math talk” in the classroom. It begins with an introduction of the five practices: anticipating, monitoring, selecting, sequencing, and connecting. The book highlights these practices through a set of vignettes so that you can see them in action. If you’re looking to begin using more “math talk” in the classroom, this is an essential tool to get you going. Follow the link for more information.
Intentional Talk: How to Structure and Lead Productive Mathematical Discussions
Another fabulous resource for getting started with “math talk” is Intentional Talk. Similar to Five Practices, it offers suggestions for how to begin using “math talk” in the classroom. Specifically, this book uses four guiding principles to guide their philosophy of classroom discussions. The four principles regarding mathematical discussions are: 1.) achieve a goal; 2.) teach students what and how to share; 3.) orient students to each other and mathematical ideas; 4.) teach students to value each other and their ideas. The remainder of the book discusses open-strategy sharing and specific goals for targeted discussions, such as connecting and comparing, justifying solutions, efficiency, clarifications, and making revisions. Follow the link for more information.