Use Data and Digital Instruction to Differentiate

April 27, 2017

Use the Renaissance STAR 360 Instructional Planning Report paired with Classworks Applied Math to effectively group students. The instructional report sorts students based on their assessment scores, allowing teachers to easily group students in the classroom. Classworks differentiated activities offer a perfect mechanism to effectively match groups of students with the right instructional content.

Each activity consists of three problems addressing the same grade-level standard at varying levels of difficulty, as well as a critique and precision activity.

You might use the report this way:

Group 1: Students with the highest scaled score range
  • Assign the Expanding level activity
  • Expanding problem is always open-ended
  • Students are prompted to solve the problem and explain their thought process using a variety of methods (text, drawing, audio recording)
Group 2: Students with mid-range scaled scores
  • Assign the Meeting level activity
  • Meeting problem is multiple choice
  • Students have access to digital tools to explain their thinking
Group 3: Students with the lowest scaled score range
  • Assign the Progressing level activity
  • Progressing problem is multiple choice
  • Includes “friendlier” numbers and more visual support

The Investigative problem would be appropriate for independent work for the highest range group, partner work for the mid-range group, and small-group teacher-directed for the lowest range group.How are the problems differentiated?

  • Magnitude of numbers
  • Visual supports provided
  • Number of steps required to solve
  • Level of mathematical thinking that is expected

Here’s a sample plan! See it in action: Meeting | Investigative 

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