Differentiate Early: Simple K-12 Math Strategies to Meet Diverse Student Needs and Cover the Math Curriculum


Speaker: Marian Small


SKU: 041714

Webinar Description

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The students in your math class vary greatly in their readiness to learn math.

How can you differentiate your math instruction without burning yourself out and leaving gaps in students’ knowledge of important skills and concepts? Unlike your fellow teachers in language arts or other content areas, you work with a more hierarchical curriculum where skills and concepts build upon each other.

Join math teaching expert Marian Small for a 2-hour webinar on how you can deploy two important differentiation strategies–open questions and parallel tasks–to meet the needs of a full range of students.

This simplified approach is not only a manageable way to differentiate instruction, but also results in more enriching math discussions and and a greater focus on the big ideas of math.  This webinar will give you lots of ideas, sample tasks and open questions to bring back to your students the next day!

Webinar Topics:

  • How different types of students benefit from the use of these two strategies
  • The importance of combating student self-doubt in mathematics
  • Challenging strong students–an alternate view
  • Interpreting curriculum to differentiate based on academic readiness
  • How to introduce open questions and parallel tasks at the elementary, middle, and high school level
  • Using open questions to deepen and enrich discussion
  • Bringing the “big ideas” to your formulation of parallel tasks and open questions
  • How to transform standard questions into open questions



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About the Speaker

Marian Small

Marian Small is the author or co-author of over 85 resources in math, including Good Questions: Great Ways to Differentiate Instruction, More Good Questions: Great Ways to Differentiate Instruction in Secondary Mathematics, Eyes on Math, Big Ideas from Dr. Small, and Uncomplicating Fractions. She has written a number of resources for NCTM, served as a MathCounts question writer, and has participated as a leader in NCTM institutes.

Marian is a former professor of mathematics education and speaks often on math instruction across the U.S. and Canada.


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Frequently Asked Questions

How does a webinar work?

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Both include the synchronized audio and PowerPoint, but the link may only be accessed for 30 days. The CD-ROM provides a permanent record of the webinar. /collapsible]