Meeting the Needs of Diverse Learners



The core of differentiated instruction revolves around creating equal access to mathematical ideas without simplifying the mathematical content of a lesson. This ideal poses many challenges to us as teachers and requires careful attention to lesson design and implementation so that all of our students from the struggling to the gifted have opportunities to learn.

Participants in this workshop will deepen their ability to implement instructional principles to:

  • Engage all students with challenging mathematics tasks
  • Support the development of academic language
  • Encourage multiple means of communication.

Participants will learn to scaffold tasks in ways that maintain high levels of cognitive demand, to plan questions that extend student thinking and promote sense-making, and to model mathematical arguments, clear explanations, conjecturing, and generalizing. Emphasis will be placed on selecting mathematical tasks, prompting students to explain, represent, and communicate their mathematical thinking using gestures, drawings, concrete objects, and mathematical symbols, and to make explicit connections between different ways of communicating a particular mathematical idea.

Audience and Grade Level

K-8 Teachers.


Certificate of Attendance, 7 hours.


Future training dates will be announced here. If you have questions or are interested in offering this training on-site, please contact us.

For more information, contact:
Events Coordinator
413.586.4900 x5981