What happens when students are offered tiered choices of challenge within diverse classroom communities?
Meeting the varied learning needs of adolescents is a big challenge. This blog is dedicated to those of you searching for ways to better address the diversity among your students.
The 2007 EducationalLeadership article, “When Students Choose the Challenge,” generated a lot of questions about a tiered, Challenge by Choice approach to teaching mathematics. This site was created to offer additional information and support. Thanks for visiting. I hope your time proves worthwhile.
Tiered Instruction and Assessment: Why differentiate for readiness by offering various degrees of challenge? What is tiered instruction and assessment? What is “challenge by choice?” How does a tiered system work? What results are possible?
Perspectives: What do students, parents and educators think about a tiered, CbC approach in mathematics?
Classroom Videos: How do you explain the rationale for differentiated learning targets and support students in their decision making? What might a tiered lesson look like? What does offering choices of challenge look like in practice? What questions do students ask? How might a teacher respond?
Tiered Math Assessments: What do tiered math assessments look like?
Tiered Science Assessments: How might CbC look in science?
Parent Education: How do teachers of diverse backgrounds describe CbC? What are the key points to share with parents unfamiliar with a tiered, CbC approach? What questions do parents ask? How do teachers respond?
Implementation Steps: How might one embark on this journey?
Grading and Reporting: How do you evaluate and report achievement when students have choices of challenge?
More Reading: What are some readings that speak to the philosophy and practice of differentiating for diverse readiness levels?
Professional Development: Are you a teacher, coach, or supervisor interested in math differentiation? If so, consider this summer learning opportunity. We’d love to have you join us.