Differentiated Math Instruction:
Using Rich Tasks, Whole Group Discussion, and Small Group Work to Reach All Learners

(Subject to change.)

Rich problems invite a variety of solution strategies. They provide an effective vehicle for accommodating a range of levels and learning styles. In this six-week course participants will explore strategies for using problem solving to build skills and concepts for struggling students and to provide challenge for those who are ready. The problems will be drawn from across the Math Forum's Problems of the Week services.

Course Goals

Instructor: Max Ray-Riek, Project Manager

Course Requirements


Participants who successfully complete the course will receive a certificate indicating that they have completed 20 hours of professional development. This is equivalent to 2 Continuing Education Units (CEUs).

Course Activities

Week 1 – What Makes a Task Rich?

Week 2 – Launching Rich Tasks

Week 3 – Facilitating Rich Tasks

BREAK: Enjoy the beginning of the US school year; consider using one of these tasks in your classroom.

Week 4 – Whole Group Discussions in Diverse Groups

Week 5 – Using Flexible Small Groups to Differentiate Instruction

Week 6 – Looking Back, Looking Ahead

Please email Max Ray-Riek with any questions.