Here's my plan to differentiate Algebra I this upcoming school year & include some SBG/flipclass ideas:
1. Create topics list.
2. Create assessments for each topic (pre-assessment).
3. Use the pre-assessments to gauge student ability.
4. Table groupings (we do not have desks in the classroom).
- Video Viewing - student has little to no idea whatsoever how to complete the problems.
- Basic Practice (proficiency) - could be a set of problems in the book/worksheet, matching activity, etc. - really looking to create opportunities for repetition.
- High Performing - this group would be looking at more difficult types of problem sets (i.e. involving fractions, decimals, word problems).
- Topic Capstone - student creations! Students will create quizzes, how to videos, worksheets, peer teach a student in one of the lower levels.
5. Assessment will be ongoing - each topic will be assessed, but then there will a larger unit assessment as well. That way if a student is having an issue with a topic I can continue to work with that student throughout the year.
One of the major issues I run into each year is trying to give the stronger students opportunities to branch out more in a topic and to tap into their knowledge levels. These students traditionally seem to be the ones who want to share their know how and I think the high performing/topic capstone is a great spot for them.
My hope is that I could get all my students into the high performing level, but am not sure if that's realistic. The first few weeks the students will be focusing on evaluating expressions/distributive property/equations vs expressions vs inequalities, solving equations, and solving inequalities/graphing solutions.
I plan to use a color coded style of grading to keep track of the strengths/weaknesses of my students - then use that to create a percentage grade. Still working on that idea.
The flipclass idea is one that fits my teaching style. I want to spend the majority of my time working with students to make them mathematically successful. I see the use of video/how-to's as a supplement to the classwork. I understand that there will be topics/strategies that I will need to complete with the entire group of students, and I will plan accordingly. I think that will be a great opportunity to keep things in perspective for myself and the students as well.