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Differentiating Math Instruction:

it's easier than you think!

Dr. Marian Small

November 12, 2010 AM - Div 1(SOLD OUT) or PM - Div 1, 2 & 3

foreword

Small changes in teaching behaviours can

lead to much higher engagement and greater success for all students in mathematics.

dr. marian small

Marian Small is a frequent speaker at the national, international, and local level on K-12 mathematics.

She is the former dean and professor of mathematics education at the University of New Brunswick. Dr. Small is the author and principal researcher for PRIME (Professional Resources and Instruction for Math Educators), as well as senior author of five text series Grades K -12, two other K-6 text series, and the NCTM Navigations series. She is the author of Big Ideas from Dr. Small (K-3, 4-8 and 9-12), Good Questions: Great Ways to Differentiate Mathematics Instruction (K-8 and 6-12), and Making Math Meaningful for Canadian Students (K-8).

LEARNING GOALS

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Participants will:

Become familiar with open and parallel tasks and how they can be used; Learn effective strategies to differentiate instruction in math classrooms; Leave with ready-to-use practical activities.

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chapter 1

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 12, 2010 (Div 1 and 2) FULL!

Time: 8:30-11:30 am

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 12, 2010 (Div 1, 2 and 3)

Ref #: Time: PLD0008-01 12:30-3:30 pm

Fee: Location:

No cost to schools in Edmonton Public Ramada Inn on Kingsway 11834 Kingsway Avenue

More Information

Cathy Campbell, Facilitator 780.429.8648 or [email protected]

To Register

Contact Registration and Help Line 780.429.8050 citing reference numbers above.

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CHAPTER 2

pre-event LEARNING

How Might We Prepare For This Learning?

BACKGROUND

Marion Small's presentation will focus on differentiating math instruction; she will make reference to her new book, Good Questions: Great Ways to Differentiate Mathematics Instruction, 2009, which was used as a key resource at last year's Math 4 All coaching sessions.

HOW SHOULD WE PROCEED?

SUGGESTION

Based on the Learning Goals as noted on page 2 and your discussion around the questions below, set a specific purpose for attending the PL Day with Dr. Marian Small. · · Reflect on differentiation and what that looks like in a math classroom in your school. Arrange staff into mixed grade level groupings: With your group, discuss the following questions and record the reflections on chart paper. 1. 2. 3. What are the challenges of differentiating math instruction at our school? (Reflect, discuss and share as a large group before moving on to question #2.) What strategies do we currently use to address these challenges? What do you hope to be able to do as a result of the new learning you will gain at Marian Small's session? (be as specific as possible)

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CHAPTER 3

POST-event LEARNING

HOW WILL YOU IMPLEMENT WHAT YOU HAVE LEARNED AND CONTINUE TO BUILD ON THIS WORK?

SUGGESTION:

Facilitate individual reflection and then move into a small group discussion around: · · · What new learning did you take away from the session? How can we begin to implement open questions and parallel tasks in our classrooms? What indicators will we accept as evidence that we are becoming better at meeting the needs of the range of learners in our math classroom?

If you haven't already, please consider registering for the Math 4 All Sessions being offered for the 2010-11 school year.

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