# Differentiation Unlocked

## Presenters:

Debi Bagby - Instructional Coach, Harnett County Schools

Kim Marone - Gifted Education Specialist, New Hanover County Schools

## We know what differentiation is not, but what is differentiation?

What does differentiation look like in the math classroom?

## Typical Math Class Schedule

Mini Lesson - Whole Group

Workstations - Small Groups (3-4 groups depending on class size)

writing to explain (RAFT activities), real world problem solving (using blue prints of a house to determine area of rooms), projects, independent work,

working with the teacher, math journals, math literature tasks

Fact Fluency - when students encounter a math problem the focus should be on what the problem is asking, not how to multiply 6x7

Collaboration/Share with the group - discussions, inside/outside circles, think-pair-share

Ticket out the door - exit cards, "tweet" what you learned

## Have a Vision and a Plan

Caine's Arcade 2: From a Movie to a Movement

## Let's take a wild ride on a R.A.F.T.

R - ROLE

A - AUDIENCE

F - FORMAT

T - TOPIC

Why use it?

• Encourages higher level thinking by making connections beyond the surface level
• Allows for student choice
• Enhances students' understanding of different points of view

Samples:

R - Volume

A - Area

F - Create a set of blue prints

T - I am coming to visit, do you have room for me?

R - Square

A - To a rectangle

F- Genealogical Tree

T - How and why are we related?

R - Decimal

A - Fraction

F - *Select Format from list below

T - How are we alike?

R - Liters

A - Pints

F - *Select format from list below

T - How are we similar?

* Choose one

write a letter, create a poster, write a diary entry, write a speech, write a thank you note, create a brochure, create a news story, give a telephone dialogue, write a poem, give an undercover report, prepare a public service announcement, create a postcard

Examples:

## Teamwork

Great Teamwork Video - Very Fun to Watch

## And the Big Bad Wolf Huffed and he Puffed and he...........

There are multiple ways to solve a problem, but what is the most effective way to solve the problem?