Independent Student Learning

Split the Difference

I frequently have my students play games as part of their learning sessions. Many students only want to play the games and do not think of creating a written records of the problems they are solving or notes on their learning. I ask my students to "split the difference" and go 50/50 on playing and note-taking. It's kind of a misnomer since there really is no "difference" to split, but the strategy makes it clear that my students should be splitting their time equally between playing a game and taking notes during that game.

Strategy Resources (2)
Students In Action
 
 
 
Strategy Explanation
 
 
This is an example of a game that my students could be assigned on any day. By seeing the game, you can see what I mean about allowing my students to fully embrace that game and not have to worry about writing...for half the time. I want them to Split the Difference and spend the other half disregarding the game and writing the problems from the game into their notebook.
 
Students In Action
 
 
Strategy Explanation
 
 
This is an example of a game that my students could be assigned on any day. By seeing the game, you can see what I mean about allowing my students to fully embrace that game and not have to worry about writing...for half the time. I want them to Split the Difference and spend the other half disregarding the game and writing the problems from the game into their notebook.
Aaron Kaswell
Middle School 88 Peter Rouget
Brooklyn, NY


 

About this strategy

Prep Time:
Quick
Subject:
Math
Grades:
Sixth grade, Seventh grade, Eighth grade
Similar Strategies
Assessment & Data
Kahoot! Quick Assessment

Feedback is important to student growth and the mastery of content. My students can receive feedback informally in class through whole-class or small-group instruction or formally in writing. I give both types of feedback to my students on their performance to give ongoing and constructive feedback on their progress because I want to take the guesswork out of how each student is doing in class and on what each student needs to do to improve. Using Kahoot!, I can get a quick formative assessment in a way that engages my students. 

 
Collaborative Student Groups
Shoulder Partners and Pop-Up

My students respond well to kinesthetics. Popping up for an answer choice or when they are ready to move on to the next topic is a way to keep the students engaged and also check for understanding. Turn and talk - students turn to talk to their neighbor about a question/problem/scenario that was posed. One of the partners then reports out by either being chosen from the equity sticks or by volunteering by putting their thumb up. I use Shoulder Partner strategy to give students the opportunity to talk, share and explain content to each other. This strategy is good to increase the accountable talk in classrooms and to practice speaking and listening skills.

 
Assessment & Data
Microgrouping

The grouping algorithm employed by School of One assigns students a new lesson every day based on the student's most current learning needs. The algorithm actually learns the students' needs from the previous day's exit ticket. One of the learning styles or lesson types, Live Investigation, assigns students to me who are ready for whatever the assigned skill is. However, within that group, there are still varying levels of ability. I can see all of this on my data report and then I can group within my group. I call this micro-grouping.

 
 
Something went wrong. See details for more info
Nothing to upload
details
close