Differentiation of the Product NCTC July 2013
Differentiating the Product • Product Strategies Products strategies allow students to demonstrate what they have learned in a manner which best fits their style of learning and level of ability. Examples of activities which can be used when using differentiating in math instruction include:
Self-Evaluation • Self-evaluation is also an essential aspect of using final products. In collaboration with the teacher, students should develop the criteria for judging their own work. • They should also be responsible for finding and correcting their mistakes, as well as discovering methods to verify their work.
Choice – But Not too much Choice? • Students love to have a choice in what product they will produce! The simplest choices can make the difference in whether a student chooses to do or not do his work. • But keep in mind – too much choice can be overwhelming for the students and for you. Decide what you really need students to demonstrate according to the standards, pick a few great ways for them to demonstrate that knowledge, and give them those choices.
What type of Learners do you have? • Auditory • Visual • Tactile • http://www.personal.psu.edu/bxb11/LSI/LSI.htm • While differentiating math instruction does require additional planning by the teacher, the benefits it provides are numerous. Not only do teachers gain a better understanding of the exact knowledge each child possess, they are able to improve the quality of instruction by tailoring it to target a student's specific needs.
Example: Math: What Products? • Translate verbal situations to two step linear equations. 7.EE.4a • Solve two step linear equations 7.EE.4a • Explain the steps used in solving the equation. 7.EE.4a • Solve two step linear equations fluently. 7.EE.4a • Identify the sequence of operations used to solve a problem. 7.EE.4a • Compare algebraic solutions to arithmetic solutions. 7.EE.4a
Example: Math Partners? Individual? Group Activity? Quiz? Test? Project?
Example: Science: What Products? • 8.L.5.1 Summarize how food provides the energy and the molecules required for building materials, growth and survival of all organisms (to include plants).
Example: Science Partners? Individual? Group Activity? Quiz? Test? Project?
Example: ELA: What Products? • RI.7.2 • Determine two or more central ideas in a text and analyze their development over the course of the text; provide an objective summary of the text.
Example: ELA Partners? Individual? Group Activity? Quiz? Test? Project?