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

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Now in its Third Edition—expanded with over 100 new tasks and questions—this bestselling resource helps experienced and novice teachers to 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 volume includes key changes that will make it easier for teachers to use in all quality state standards environments, including direct links to Common Core content standards and standards for mathematical practice. Classroom examples, many new for this edition, 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:

Chapters organized around Common Core headings. Continued attention to big ideas in math. Many new questions that teachers can adapt or use as is. Teaching tips and task variations. A template to help users build new tasks. Guidance for using follow-up questions to create a rich math classroom.

“A must for an educator who is serious about reaching more students more often and achieving more positive results.”

—Resources for the Mathematics Educator(from previous edition)

“When I read Marian Small’s work, I see the power of math revealed, but I also see her work opening that power to so many students who might never otherwise experience it. . . . I am a disciple of her approach to differentiating math!”

—From the foreword by Carol Ann Tomlinson, William Clay Parrish Jr. Professor and Chair of Educational Leadership, Foundations, and Policy, University of Virginia

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