Tier 1 Instruction

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. The secondary math practice profiles include research based instructional strategies that support the following in quality core instruction:

  • Culturally responsive instructional practices

  • Academic conversations through effective math discourse

  • Cognitively demanding tasks (aligned to standards and achievement level descriptors)

  • Scaffolded and differentiated standards-aligned instruction

  • Data use to inform daily instructional decisions

Students need inquiry-focused instruction using the Launch-Explore Summarize model to engage in cognitively demanding tasks and in daily academic conversations through effective math discourse. Therefore, teachers must spend more time questioning and less time showing and telling. The Cognitively Demanding Tasks Practice Profile includes the following strategies: setting up systems and structures in the classroom, developing or selecting cognitively demanding tasks, building a culture of learning, engaging and motivating students, assessing September 2017 27 and adjusting instruction, and Designing Groupwork. The Academic Conversations for Effective Math Discourse Practice Profile includes the following strategies: facilitating the launch-explore-summary lesson structure, planful and strategic Mathematics Discourse between students, and warm-ups that make student thinking visible and may address prior grade level misconceptions (i.e. problem strings or number talks).