Differentiated Instruction is a pedagogical approach aimed at optimizing learning for individual learners in a diverse classroom. Teachers use various strategies of differentiated instruction to increase student access to a learning objective. One of the most prominent strategies for differentiating instruction is tiered assignments. The intention is to give all students worthy tasks that challenge them while ensuring that each student has an appropriate amount of scaffolding and support to be successful. Regular formative assessment is necessary for tiered assignments to be used effectively. This paper, by Annelise W. Nielsen, shows how Magma Math facilitates differentiated instruction through providing a catalog of tiered assignments and a tool for regular formative assessment.
Magma Math facilitates tiered assignments by providing teachers access to a library of assignments that are organized by learning objectives and differentiated into three categories of difficulty. In this white paper, we show how assignments in Magma Math are designed to help teachers create tiered assignments for different math abilities and skills. We then show how Magma Math provides teachers with immediate data on individual and class performance. Data is displayed to teachers in multiple easy-to-interpret graphics giving teachers quick access to data to make pedagogical decisions.
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