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Good Questions

Great Ways to Differentiate Mathematics Instruction in the Standards-Based Classroom

Marian Small Carol Ann Tomlinson

304 pages
Teachers College Press
Now in its Fourth Edition—with more than 50 new questions and a new chapter on financial literacy—this bestselling resource helps experienced and novice teachers effectively and efficiently differentiate mathematics instruction in grades K–8. Math education expert Marian Small shows teachers how to get started and become expert at using two powerful and universal strategies: Open Questions and Parallel Tasks. This edition is even easier for teachers to use in all quality state standards environments, including direct links to content standards and standards for mathematical practice. Parallel tasks and question examples are provided at each grade band: K–2, 3–5, and 6–8. Along with each example, the text describes how teachers can evoke productive conversations that meet the needs of a broad range of learners. Book Features: New tasks and questions to develop financial literacy. Connection of tasks and questions to standards and mathematical big ideas. About 500 tasks and questions that teachers can adapt or use as-is. Teaching tips and task variations. A template to help teachers build new tasks. “Look-fors” to see student thinking and diagnose difficulties. Guidance for using follow-up questions and math conversations to create a rich math classroom.
Author Bio
Marian Small is an international professional developer and conference speaker. A former dean of education and professor of mathematics education, she is widely known for her bestselling books and her in-district work with educators. Visit her website at www.onetwoinfinity.ca for in-person and online professional development.