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What is differentation?

 

 

Differentiation is creating a learning environment designed on the needs of every child in 7th grade math.  

 

It is a method of teaching to ensure every child is successful, interested, and a partner in his/her educational experience.

 

Rationale

 

 

In a classroom of 28 children, a teacher is faced with 28 individual learners and 28 learners who are on 28different levels.  

In addition, those levels will not be consistent across curriculum areas.  For example, a child may excel in math but may only be an average reader.  

With this many various levels, a “one size fits all” instructional method may not reach all students.

 

 Our differentiated classroom allows a child to be comfortable with his level of learning in any subject, yet challenges him to rise to his next level. 

 

A view inside 7th Grade Math:

Designed to meet your child's needs

 

In order to individualize learning for each student, we must first get to know each other.  

Your child will be given a few different assignments that will allow us to gain insight into his learning styles, what he feels are his challenges and successes from previous classrooms, and personal interests.  

 

This information will allowme to design activities and assignments that will be enjoyable and less stressful for the students.  

 

When differentiation is needed based on skill level, a mini-assessment will be given to help understand needs of each student.

 

How will you see differentiation

in your child's Math class

 

 

There is not a standard answer to how you will see differentiation in assignments your child's classroom.

I am always working to fuind great ideas to add to my differentiation design.  Here are a few of my favorite ways to differentiate.

 

Stations - Various activities covering the same skill will be assigned to different groups.  Students will work at their individual pace with a due date for the assignment.

 

Performance Assessments- assessments based on a student created project . 

 

 

Choice boards- Various activities covering the same skill be put on one assignment.  The student will choose assignments to complete.

 

Presentation- Students will be given the choice of how they would like to present their knowledge of a subject. Some ways may include digitally, writing, performance or artistically.

 

Frequently Asked Questions

 

Will my child feel like he is with the “dumb kids”?

 

Sometimes groups will be sorted by levels of learning but not always.  Students will never be identified as “smarter” than another.   Students will recognize we all learn different, we are all good at some things and not so good at others and that is ok!  

 

Is my child always going to be in the same “group”?

Not at all.  Many factors are considered before groups are decided.  If a group learning experience is best for the lesson, groups may be determined by skill level, interest, or a different need.  Groups may also not be the same for different subject areas.  Sometimes groups may be together for the day or the group may be together for a few days or weeks.  Each lesson and assignment is different, thus making the length of time for groups different.

 

Will every part of instruction be differentiated?

No.  Not every minute of each day nor lesson needs to be differentiated.  There will still be large group instructions and lessons.  

 

 

Standardized testing:

What about the Georgia Milestone? 

... it’s not differentiated?

 

All students will take the Georgia Milestone.  

 

Though the methods, environment, and process will vary throughout the year all lesson planning and assessments  arebased on 7th grade Mathematics Georgia Performance Standards.

 

These are the same standards assessed on the Georgia Milestone Test.  

 

Though the test is not differentiated, differentation will help students perform better because the information was presented in various ways that helped them understand and have a better depth of knowledge.