Using the Quick Check to Inform Differentiated Instruction

Contributed by Jessica Palmer-Gwaltney Introduction As educators, we know how important formative assessment is in our classrooms. Formative assessment gives us a chance to check for understanding during lessons and use that information to guide our instructional decisions. The big issue with assessment is that often times we may feel that we don’t have the time to assess thoroughly or repeatedly. With pressure to “cover” standards and adhere to pacing[…]

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The Three-Step Lesson

enVisionmath2.0 K–5 provides an array of planning resources to use in daily lessons—Digital Resources, a Lesson Overview, Math Anytime, and an English Language Learner section. Once you review these resources and identify  strategies, you’re ready to move on to the three-step lesson. Each step of the lesson is critical in developing conceptual understanding, procedural fluency, and the ability to apply this information to new problems. Step 1: Problem-Based Learning starts[…]

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The Formative 5 by Francis (Skip) Fennell and Jon Wray

Contributed by Francis (Skip) Fennel and Jon Wray Issues related to assessment continue to be a challenge experienced (and often vocally expressed) by many—teachers, administrators, parents/family members, and others. Educators seek to understand and  emphasize the role that assessment can and should play in order to impact classroom instruction. When we ask educators, particularly classroom teachers and mathematics specialists/leaders, about assessment, we receive many different responses. Some often refer to[…]

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