Using Push and Support Cards for Differentiation


  • Rachael Eriksen Brown Pennsylvania State University -- Abington
  • Zora Mackiewicz-Wolfe Widener University
  • Susan Tily University of Texas at Austin


The authors share their use of push and support cards to differentiate whole class instruction and to support the use of high cognitive demand tasks. Strategies for generating and implementing the cards in school classrooms are shared.


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How to Cite

Brown, R. E., Mackiewicz-Wolfe, Z., & Tily, S. (2017). Using Push and Support Cards for Differentiation. Ohio Journal of School Mathematics, 76(2). Retrieved from