Differentiation Unlocked

The Key is Thinking Outside the Box

Presenters:

Debi Bagby - Instructional Coach, Harnett County Schools

dbagby@harnett.k12.nc.us


Kim Marone - Gifted Education Specialist, New Hanover County Schools

krmarone@yahoo.com


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

RAFT ACTIVITIES

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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:

http://www.cantonschools.org/~elegere/FOV2-001072DF/Elementary_RAFT_CARDS%5B1%5D.pdf?FCItemID=S016D98B1&Plugin=Loft

Teamwork

Great Teamwork Video - Very Fun to Watch

Resources

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?
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Thank you! Good luck on your journey thinking outside the box! Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions.