Differentiating Mathematics Instruction
Practical Activities and Strategies for Diverse Classrooms
Specifically Designed for Classroom Teachers, Resource Teachers, Title I Staff, Math Specialists, Special Education Staff, and Other Educators Teaching Mathematics in Grades 3-8
Differentiated instructional strategies designed to reach all types of learners in mathematics – ELL, struggling, advanced, ADHD, LD, and multiple intelligences
- Practical, differentiated mathematics strategies that will strengthen your students’ understanding and retention of mathematics concepts in grades 3-8
- Innovative ideas for organizing and managing a differentiated classroom while teaching mathematics – arranging your classroom, developing management routines and procedures, using manipulatives, and directing student-centered activities
- Effective planning and teaching techniques that scaffold student learning of the your state’s mathematics standards
- An extensive resource handbook filled with free or inexpensive math resources, classroom tips and ready-to-use activities that you can use immediately in your classroom
Practical Ideas and Strategies
All of us teach mathematics in diverse classrooms – whether our students have learning exceptionalities, behavioral issues, variations in learning styles, or social or cultural differences. We may not be able to develop separate lesson plans for each student, but we are able to be proactive in our planning by differentiating our instructional strategies. Creative classroom management practices and varying assessment techniques can further address the needs of all learners. Math differentiation methods vary greatly, but can be applied to any classroom no matter what your teaching style or situation. First and foremost, we must create situations where all students can learn.
Lee Anne Coester will provide you with the practical strategies, activities and resources you need to differentiate instruction to meet the needs of diverse students in a mathematics classroom. With a reasonable amount of preparation time, these outstanding strategies will maximize learning for all your students in grades 3-8. You’ll leave this seminar with a toolbox of methods for differentiating mathematics instruction, resulting in more successful students and increased test scores.
The emphasis of this seminar will be on helping you, the classroom teacher, resource teacher, Title I teacher, math specialist or curriculum specialist, special education teacher, and other educators in grades 3-8, meet the mathematical needs of ALL students.
Ten Key Benefits of Attending
Reach a Diverse Student Population
Learn differentiated instructional strategies for teaching mathematics to “average,” struggling, gifted, ADHD, ESL, and LD students in an inclusive classroom … Discover how seemingly minor changes can enhance learning for all
- Effectively Provide Differentiated Instruction in Key Math Concepts
Ready-to-use ideas for grades 3-8 that combine hands-on activities, real-life application, and number sense to make strong differentiated lessons … Learn to address your state math standards while focusing lessons on the narrower concepts and objectives that should direct daily lessons
- Plan Engaging Lessons that Incorporate Differentiated Instruction
Discover how incorporating specific components make math lessons better for ALL students … Learn to use a simple template that will verify your use of differentiated instruction for administrators and parents
- Scaffold Mathematics Learning for Struggling Students
Suggestions for engaging activities, flexible grouping, tiering, reteaching, retesting, and effective questioning to support and encourage reluctant or struggling learners … Practical differentiation strategies that will make a difference for your math students and will help you use your time to your best advantage
- Make Continuous Assessment an Integral Part of Your Mathematics Instruction
Learn various assessment techniques that can be easily incorporated into your teaching … Use on-going assessment to continually remediate before minor misunderstandings become major gaps in knowledge
- Address the Various Learning Styles and Multiple Intelligences While Teaching Mathematics
Make learning more fun and meaningful to all learners by incorporating student-centered activities into each and every math lesson … Create lessons that lead to success for all your students
- Resources, Resources, Resources
Receive resources for learning and teaching mathematics … Receive information on web and print resources for teaching to all DI groups – struggling, gifted, ADHA, ESL, and LD
- Successfully Organize and Manage Your Classroom for Differentiated Mathematics Instruction
Receive successful classroom management techniques, routines and procedures that support success in a differentiated classroom and will save you time in the long-term … Discover the classroom management benefits of “engaged” students
- Raise Mathematics Assessments Results
Focus on number sense and understanding to increase classroom, local or your state’s test score standards … Teach for long-term retention in ALL students
- Receive an Extensive Resource Handbook
Leave the seminar with a wealth of ready-to-use blackline masters, resources, ideas, and activities – all ready for immediate use in your grades 3-8 mathematics classroom
Outstanding Strategies You Can Use Immediately
Differentiated instructional strategies for adapting lessons for diverse groups of students in the inclusive classroom – struggling, gifted, ADHD, ESL, LD, and multiple intelligences
- Tried-and-true, classroom-proven methods for organizing and managing an activity-based, differentiated classroom
- An easy-to-use template to plan lessons that address all students’ needs and aids in proving to administrators that you are actively incorporating differentiated instruction
- Innovative differentiated lessons and manipulatives to help all students understand measurement concepts both standard and metric
- Suggestions for scaffolding learning for struggling students with flexible grouping, tiering, student collaboration, and alternative assessment
- Creative and fun ways for helping struggling students finally learn their multiplication facts
- Alternative ways to assess diverse student groups such as good questioning techniques, performance assessments, reteaching, and retesting
- Differentiated activities that bring meaning to data concepts – measures of central tendency, graphing and choice vs. chance
- Research-based differentiation components for daily lessons to address your state math standards
- The most current resources for understanding and teaching content and practice standards
- Numerous differentiated activities for teaching those difficult geometry concepts of involving angles, polygons, circles, and 2 D vs. 3D
- Ready-to-use ideas for developing mathematics instruction to reach your diverse student population with games, activities, manipulatives, and more
- A wide variety of methods for connecting number concepts to the “real world” and helping students become better problem solvers
- Hands-on ways to connect geometry and measurement concepts of perimeter, area, surface area, and volume while incorporating estimation and real-life application
- Resources for anchor and “ragged time” activities, incorporating children’s literature, and addressing specific diverse student issues
- Powerful strategies for strengthening students’ math understanding through all types of communication – reading, writing and speaking
- Appropriate ways to incorporate calculators to enhance students’ number sense and calculation skills and iPad® apps that support learning
- Easy-to-make, inexpensive manipulatives, games and math activities that you can use tomorrow in your classroom
- Practical, hands-on activities and differentiated strategies that will strengthen your students’ mathematics understanding and retention
A Message From Your Seminar Leader
I am proud to be a teacher and always feel such energy when I spend a day with others who chose teaching as a profession. I understand the demands of standards, which must be met and continually assessed. I also appreciate the challenge of preparing diverse student populations for these assessments in classrooms where there is often not enough support and never enough time.
As teachers, we certainly understand the frustration of these situations, but we also feel the sheer joy that comes from seeing students learn in spite of it all. My goal for this seminar is to help you experience that joy with more and more of your students – no matter what their learning modalities or struggles.
The emphasis of this seminar will be on differentiating instruction as it applies to all areas of mathematics. I will share strategies that have been successful in my own classroom and in the classrooms of others. We’ll focus on methods that take into account the time demands that you face and your state’s standards. I will share my experiences and answer your questions. We’ll discuss how to apply these approaches to each of your unique teaching situations. In short, we’ll have fun with math and I’ll provide you with a differentiation toolbox full of ideas to take back to your own classroom.
I look forward to meeting you and sharing the wealth of math differentiation strategies that I have discovered or developed through the years of teaching, reflecting and researching. Let’s bring some fun back into our mathematics classrooms while helping students develop a deep understanding of the concepts of number, geometry, measurement, algebra, and data analysis through differentiated instruction.
Lee Anne Coester
P.S. You’ll leave this seminar with lots of differentiation ideas that can be immediately implemented in your own grades 3-8 math program. Hear more students say, “I get it now!”
Who Should Attend
Classroom Teachers, Resource Teachers, Title I Staff, Math Specialists, Special Education Staff, and Other Educators Teaching Mathematics in Grades 3-8.
Special Benefits of Attending
Extensive Resource Handbook
Each participant will receive an extensive resource handbook filled with resources, ideas and activities including:
Dozens of differentiated strategies for teaching number sense, geometry, measurement, data, and multiplication facts
- Easy-to-make, inexpensive suggestions for manipulatives, games and math activities that you can use tomorrow in your classroom
- Differentiated instructional strategies for adapting lessons for struggling, gifted, ADHD, ESL, and LD students
- Practical, easy-to-incorporate strategies that will strengthen your students’ mathematics number sense and retention
- Tried-and-true, classroom-proven methods for organizing and managing an activity-based, differentiated classroom
- Creative ways to design differentiated lessons centered on all students’ learning modalities, learning styles and multiple intelligences
Meet and Share
This seminar provides a wonderful opportunity for participants to meet and share ideas with other grades 3-8 mathematics teachers.
Lee Anne Coester will be available at the seminar for consultation regarding your questions and the unique needs of your own mathematics program.
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