The importance of teachers building productive and positive relationships with both parents and students has been widely recognized. Relationships form the foundation for trust, enabling students to feel a sense of belonging. Classrooms become a safe place to learn and take risks. Strong relationships increase 
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Specific Strategies to Differentiate Mathematics Instruction: Design Open Questions  Turning around a Question: Instead of giving the question- a teacher provides the answer and asks for the question.  Asking for Similarities and Differences: Teacher chooses two items (shapes, numbers, graphs etc) and asks students how 
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How to Approach Differentiating Instruction in Mathematics:  Focus Instruction on Key Concepts One of the most effective ways to differentiate in mathematics is to focus on the key concepts (*big ideas) rather than a narrow, specific curricular outcome. To do this try to cluster specific 
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Hear a piece of information and three days later you will remember only 10% of it. Add a picture and you will remember 85% of the information. The more Visual the input becomes, the more likely it is to be recognized and recalled (Medina, 2014). Hear 
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Anticipation Guides What It Is Anticipation guides are a type of graphic organizer. They have a list of 5-7 statements, related to the topic students are studying, and students are required to agree or disagree with the statement. Anticipation guides are used before learning and 
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