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

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Teachers College Press, Apr 28, 2017 - Education - 287 pages
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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.

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT: Visit Marian Small’s website for in-person and online professional development.

Praise for Previous Editions!

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

—Resources for the Mathematics Educator

"This is a valuable book for mathematics teachers, teacher educators, and faculty involved in differentiated instruction."


"This book is a great resource, with realistic applications to current instruction and tips for creating solid math discourse with your students."

—Mathematics: Teaching in the Middle School

"The glossary is a great resource for math language, and the index of big ideas provides a snapshot of focus points. . . . I highly recommend this user-friendly resource for all mathematics teachers."

—Teaching Children Mathematics


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Why and How to Differentiate Math Instruction
Counting Cardinality and Number Operations in Base Ten
Number OperationsFractions
Ratios Proportional Relationships
The Number System
Operations Algebraic Thinking
Expressions Equations and Functions
Measurement Data
Statistics Probability
Appendix A
Appendix B
About the Author


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Marian Small is the former dean of education at the University of New Brunswick and longtime professor of mathematics education. She is widely known for her bestselling books and her in-district work with educators in the United States and Canada. Visit her website for in-person and online professional development.

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