If you have ever taught a math class, you certainly have noticed that different students have different levels of understanding from day one of class. Some students seem to have a gift for wrapping their minds around math concepts the first time they are introduced. Other students seem to struggle mightily with every new idea. The need to address students in both situations is very real. The learning rate of each student is different, and the way they meet math challenges is different as well. Catching students early in their schooling is essential. Once they have developed a fear of math, getting through to them can be much more difficult. Using a variety of approaches with students helps them to learn ways around their personal roadblocks before they get to the point of deciding that they “just don’t get math.” With practice, a teacher who differentiates can learn to efficiently guide students to the learning they must achieve.
These books are written for teachers of all experience levels who might not be sure how to go about putting a differentiated math plan into action. They can be a great help when you are just trying to figure out how to address the needs of students working at many different levels.