Differentiated Instruction for theMiddle School Math Teacher
Activities and Strategies for an Inclusive Classroom
Joan D′Amico and Kate Gallaway
The middle school mathematics classroom is a unique learning environment. The mathematical content becomes more complex, requiring students to remember facts and formulas, while at the same time using them to solve problems. It can be very tricky to teach a class filled with students of varying learning styles and skill levels.
Differentiated Instruction for the Middle School Math Teacher is a practical and easy–to–use resource for teaching a standards–based math curriculum to all learners. It gives you effective ways to present math concepts, shows how to provide opportunities for guided practice, and offers ideas for modifying the material to provide access to the same content standard for all students in the inclusive classroom. This book also contains key strategies for collaborating with other professionals, suggestions for involving the students′ families by tying math concepts to students′ everyday lives, and valuable assessment strategies.
The lessons in the book cover middle school math topics correlated to the standards of the National Council of Teachers of Math, ranging from numbers and operations to problem solving and reasoning. Each lesson includes:
Instructions for presenting the lesson to the whole class
Worksheets designed to help review and reinforce theconcepts presented in each lesson
A section on how to adapt the lesson for the inclusiveclassroom, including descriptions of different stations for different learners
A home–school connection with family–based everydaymath activities
Suggestions for how to assess students′ grasp of the concepts presented in the lesson
Differentiated Instruction for the Middle School Math Teacher is an essential resource for teachers in?inclusive classrooms who are seeking new ways to reach all of their students.
Praise for Differentiated Instruction for theMiddle School Math Teacher
"The authors clearly demonstrate how teachers can differentiate their instruction by using specific concrete examples for diverse learners ranging from resistant learners to students with physical disabilities to gifted learners. Detailed lesson plans outline easy–to–follow procedures."
Dr. Care Terkelson, associate professor, Chapman University, Monterey, California
"This is an all–inclusive resource for the inclusive math classroom. Worksheets and instructional strategies are tied together to offer quick preparation for teachers and success for all students. It gives practical application to the ′one school, one curriculum′ model and supports the fact that every student can learn mathematics and enjoy it as well!"
Anna Sciacca, NJSFT president, curriculum supervisor, andmiddle school math teacher at Garfield Middle School,Garfield, New Jersey
∗ Collaborating Effectively
∗ Preparing for Differentiated Learning
∗ Effective Teaching Strategies for Differentiating Instruction
Part 2. Math Activities for the Inclusive Middle School Classroom
∗ Numbers and Operations
∗ Algebra and Functions
∗ Geometry and Measurement
∗ Data Analysis and Probability
∗ Problem Solving and Reasoning
NCTM Standards Chart
Joan D′Amico, M.A., L.D.T.C., is a learning disabilities teacher and consultant in the Garfield School District in New Jersey.?She has over 15 years of experience as a learning disabilities teacher and consultant in both public and private schools, and also has a private practice as a learning disabilities specialist.??
Kate Gallaway has over 15 years of teaching experience and has worked with districts and teachers nationwide on differentiated instruction for mathematics.? She is also the co–author of Managing Your Mathematics Classroom.