"This practical and thought-provoking book offers time-saving strategies essential for every teacher in every discipline. The numerous self-assessments demonstrate that the best formative assessments are not merely given "to" students but are an interactive learning experience involving students, teachers, and professional colleagues."
"Leslie Laud offers practical support for using formative assessments to inform teachers and students. Her book shimmers with real kids, real classrooms, and real teachers, and includes creative activities that provide both differentiated lessons and opportunities for ALL students to learn."
"This book provides a wealth of information for teachers and mathematics leaders to consider when implementing intervention models, RTI programs, and differentiated instruction for low achievers through high achievers."
"Leslie Laud has created a very readable and comprehensive guide to understanding what formative assessment is and how to use it to meet the needs of students in the mathematics classroom. She offers many specific examples, covering a variety of approaches teachers can use. What is particularly noteworthy is her recognition that different teachers need to come at this work in different ways - that differentiating instruction is not just for students, but for teachers, too."
"Leslie Laud provides practical applications in mathematics assessment and instruction. She uses many vignettes and examples to paint a picture seen in many classrooms today. Throughout the book, Laud includes little gems that help with such areas as motivational strategies to self-determinism to ideas for visual representations. The many teacher tips and sound solutions will support those who are implementing RTI in mathematics.
"Leslie Laud shows the importance of the link between formative assessment and differentiated instruction. There is a limited body of work that combines these two constructs, and that connection makes this book powerful."
"I learned a great deal and plan to make some changes in my 7th grade math classroom. Leslie Laud takes the 'fear' out of trying this method – she uses concrete examples that can be easily implemented by busy teachers. Her book gave me the initiative, reasons, and strategies to experiment with formative assessments to drive tiered instruction in my classroom!"
"I appreciated the ready-to-teach tiered lesson examples and all of the resources that were shared. This book does a nice job of offering helpful web sites and applicable resources to support the classroom teacher."
"Using Formative Assessment to Differentiate Mathematics Instruction provides teachers with a variety of options that they can put in place right away, with little disruption of what they currently do. The author provides many templates for students and teachers to use immediately, and makes a solid argument, based on research, that differentiation is an important component in student achievement."
"The recommendations in this book showed me how to organize my class to support each kind of learner. By providing formative assessment for my students, I am helping them learn what they need to do to help themselves. By providing different kinds of experiences for them to use in the classroom, I am giving them tools to support their own learning. Laud's book focuses on what is doable and reasonable for a classroom teacher."
"The powerful principles described can enhance stduents' learning of mathematics inside and outside the classroom and help teachers modify their lessons and teachings. It is a great way to enrich the teaching and learning of mathematics concepts in middle schools as well as reaching low and high achievers in the classroom."
My course is a multi-term secondary methods course. I adopted Laud's book for the second term of the course when my teacher candidate are developing their units for their student teaching. It provides a valuable perspective on assessment that treats assessment as something that is for individual students to support the teaching and learning process while providing tools to make it happen.
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