Tier 1 Instruction

High quality mathematics instruction responds to the cultural needs of all stakeholders and intentionally shapes a learning culture that invites students to problem solve and persist in learning. A culturally responsive instructional practice is critical to ensure racially equitable outcomes.

Tier 1 instruction in the elementary mathematics classroom reflects assessment-based planning to differentiate standards-aligned core instruction. This instruction is optimal when established rituals and routines facilitate a learning environment that fosters student engagement in cognitively demanding tasks, rich math conversations, and inquiry-based problem-solving opportunities. These experiences facilitate conceptual understanding and growth towards planned and projected learning targets. Within this setting, math is guided by: scaffolding instruction to move learners toward meeting and exceeding standards, differentiating instruction to meet the needs of learners who have reached the standards, assessing learners based upon appropriate learning trajectories, and providing independent practice opportunities for all.

High quality mathematics instruction can be supported by utilizing the following practices: