How to Differentiate Maths Instruction when using Daily Maths Slides

How to differentiate daily maths slides

One of the greatest work/life-balance hacks that I have added to my teaching is daily maths revision slides. They enable me to easily differentiate maths whilst saving planning time!

These slides have meant that no matter what, my students have had curriculum-relevant work to complete helping them to achieve their learning goals.

They’re no-prep– just display the daily slide on the smartboard and teach students a learning routine that includes getting ready, setting up their book, completing the work, and what to do when they are finished.

However, many teachers wonder how you can differentiate mathematics when using slides like these in classrooms with different abilities.

One size doesn’t fit all – but you can use one easy-to-use tool and differentiate for your students using a few strategies:

Differentiate Maths with All, most, some.

Choose which students should complete which questions. Some students will be able to complete all of the work, some will be able to complete most of the work, and some students will only finish some work.

You can colour code questions using dry-erase markers, magnets, or even by writing in individual students’ books.

Differentiate Maths with Mini-learning groups

Identify students who are struggling with a concept, and while the rest of the class continues to daily slides, complete mini-lessons with students who are struggling with that question or concept.

Use Hands-on learning

Ensure concrete manipulatives are available for students to use if needed. I think we often put away concrete materials too early – almost all ages can benefit from counters, MABs, hundreds charts, etc

Grab out these items and ensure they are in reach – even for digital slides and bookwork!

Ensure you have Printed copies

Some students have trouble transferring from the walls of our classroom. Provide printed copies of the slides for those students. Remember to print in greyscale to save on colour printing.

Remember to Extend with Number Talks

Always make note of activities that students need extra support in – and spend extra time debugging those activities at the end of the lesson. A number talk is a perfect activity for brainstorming strategies, working through them, and giving students at least one entry point into a problem.

Ensure Increased Visual Perception

  • Use different colors when working through answers on the board.
  • Provide printed copies
  • Highlight key terms (circle with a dry-erase marker or use actual highlighter) and make sure that students understand written questions.
  • Ensure the student is close enough to see the slides.

Enhance Auditory Processing

  • Repeat instructions to ensure understanding
  • Restate instructions to students individually

Why daily maths slides?

Using a repetitive activity with students enables them to place their cognitive attention on the content, rather than on the process of the task. Once a routine is established with students, they are able to begin working straight away. This reduces your time spent on classroom management and reduces anxiety within your classroom.

Differentiation doesn’t always mean different work. There is a range of different strategies you can use to ensure that students can access the work that you are providing while proving an anchor for routine learning and revision in your classroom.

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