The Key is Thinking Outside the Box
Typical Math Class Schedule
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
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
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