Like It, Love It, Gotta Have It: Like It, Love It, Gotta Have It

 
 
 
Like It, Love It, Gotta Have It
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Students In Action
 
 
 
Independent Student Learning

Like It, Love It, Gotta Have It

Like It-Love It-Gotta Have It is a strategy I use to differentiate assignments within my micro-groups in a Live Investigation. The three names are, in my opinion, a better way of saying high, medium and low. The kids really love the names. In a Live Investigation, there is usually varying levels of abillity or knowledge in that particular skill. By making a high, medium, and low activity, students have the ability to challenge themselves at their own level. I assign different parts of the room for each activity so I can physically see where the students are. Most of the time, I let the students self-assess and they move throughout the room according to which level they are. They are free to move (up or down) from one section to the next. Most of the activites I assign here are digital. I really like using Khan Academy here, as I can track students physically as well as digitally. With this strategy, I can also target the students at the Like It level and allow the Gotta Have it students to fly a bit on their own. 

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Students In Action
 
 
This is a time-lapse video of a 20 minute work session where students are doing Like It-Love It-Gotta Have It. The very first second of the video is students getting up from the middle table where they all sat for the lesson. They are about to choose which level of activity they will go to. Notice how many students choose to start at Like It on the far left and move their way to Love It and even Gotta Have It by the end of the video.
Students In Action
 
 
This is a picture of my students right after they self-assessed and grouped themselves. Notice the one boy who chose Gotta Have It at the far left. He ended up asking me a bunch of questions so I had to bump him down to Love It. The majority of the students started at Like It at the far right of the room and moved their way up.
Students In Action
 
 
This is a time-lapse video of a 20 minute work session where students are doing Like It-Love It-Gotta Have It. The very first second of the video is students getting up from the middle table where they all sat for the lesson. They are about to choose which level of activity they will go to. Notice how many students choose to start at Like It on the far left and move their way to Love It and even Gotta Have It by the end of the video.
Students In Action
 
 
This is a picture of my students right after they self-assessed and grouped themselves. Notice the one boy who chose Gotta Have It at the far left. He ended up asking me a bunch of questions so I had to bump him down to Love It. The majority of the students started at Like It at the far right of the room and moved their way up.
Aaron Kaswell
Middle School 88 Peter Rouget
Brooklyn, NY


 

About this strategy

Prep Time:
Long
Subject:
Math
Grades:
Sixth grade, Seventh grade, Eighth grade
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Instructional Closings
Synopsis

My colleagues and I have students write a Synopsis of their learning after every Independent Learning Zone period as well as after Live Investigations. The Synopsis acts as a reflective tool for both large and small concepts. I often tell my students to write what they actually learned or improved upon, not what they THINK I want them to write. I train my students to make a space for the Synopsis in their notebook headings. Occasionally, I will have my students read their Synopses out loud, but most often I walk around and do a quick check, as they are mostly a personal reflection for my students.

 
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During small group, I am able to give individualized feedback to my students. I want small group to be a safe place where my students can share, ask questions, and be able to learn content and skills authentically. This also gives me the opportunity to clarify misconceptions, to reinforce key learnings by giving my students one-on-one attention and support.  

 
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Closing Check-In

To take a quick pulse of the class I may do a fist to five (students hold up a fist if they had difficulties or were unable to get in synch with the rest of class to a five which means they felt successful and are ready to transition to the next station). This Likert scale type voting gives me the opportunity to be responsive to specific student needs and quickly ascertain which students need my immediate attention or which student’s work/submissions I should review. There are also times when I feel it is appropriate to hear from students and give them the opportunity to exercise their student voice. During this exercise I take both volunteers and non-volunteers to give me their “thrills and chills/roses and thorns/high and lows of the day”. I think it is important for students to see me receive critical feedback or praise and be able to appropriately respond. It is extremely powerful for students to make a suggestion on how our class should operate and see it implemented almost immediately.

 
 
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