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Math For All: Differentiating Instruction, Grades 6–8 provides reproducible activities to meet the needs of middle school students on various levels. One strength of this book is that each activity correlates to NCTM's Principles and Standards for School Mathematics by grade level, along with the strands and focus. The thought-provoking questions that promote reflection in the “Connecting the chapter to your practice” summary are also helpful. The questions can be used during a professional learning community meeting.
Samples of students' journals explain the reasonableness of their answers. This option is meaningful because it shows the importance of incorporating writing in math to support a clear understanding of the concept, along with the value of solving a problem in different ways.
The text also incorporates engaging activities that encourage the use of small groups, discussions about math, and rigor. Differentiation with various levels of challenges provides tiered tasks to meet the needs in your class.
The book is also a springboard that can promote the sharing of resources and teacher collaboration. The only weakness I found is that I did not see activities allowing the students to use technology. Overall, I would recommend this math resource because it is loaded with researched-based best practices.
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