Split the Difference: Split the Difference

 
 
 
Split the Difference
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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.

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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
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