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5 Reasons to Invest in a Differentiation Platform

Posted by Hannah Alvarez on June 26, 2018 at 2:31 PM

5 Reasons to Invest in a Differentiation Platform

Differentiating instruction is becoming a top priority for many schools and districts. In today’s classrooms, educators recognize that each student is a unique individual. Students come from many different backgrounds, speak different languages at home,  have unique interests, and see their world in their own way. Teachers know these students as individuals, and they understand the value of engaging students at their own level.

However, differentiating for each student can present a real challenge for teachers, who already work an average of 53 hours a week. For differentiation to be successfully implemented, schools need the right technology that will help teachers deliver the perfect lesson to every student—without having to spend extra time on lesson planning.

That’s exactly why we created Freckle, the first and only differentiation platform. Freckle gives educators everything they need to differentiate Math, ELA, Social Studies, and Science. Here are five reasons why over 500,000 teachers love using Freckle to differentiate instruction!

1. Easily reach students at their levels

When most people think of differentiation, the first thing that comes to mind is differentiating based on a student’s academic level. With Freckle, every student takes a diagnostic pre-test to determine their starting point in Math and ELA, and then they practice at their own level. Freckle adjusts as students make progress, so everyone gets an appropriate challenge.

ELA articles at two different levels

Unlike adaptive programs, Freckle’s differentiation platform includes a variety of practice modes so students can learn in different ways, from hands-on explorations to group projects to individual reading assignments. Teachers can choose which students receive which assignments, so every student has an opportunity to learn in the way that’s right for them.

The other component of differentiating instruction is engaging students based on their unique interests. With Freckle, students have the opportunity to explore topics that excite them!

For example, if a teacher instructs the class to read an article, each student can choose from over 700 nonfiction articles in the Freckle library. One student might be reading about space, while another is reading about endangered species, and a third is reading about the World Cup—and they’re all reading at their own level. This is a very effective way to get students excited about learning!

2. Cross-curricular

Freckle is a one-stop shop that includes everything you need to differentiate all four core subjects! With Freckle, teachers can differentiate Math, ELA, Social Studies, and Science.

Freckle helps you reach every student across multiple subjects

Within Math and ELA, there are a variety of practice modes that teachers can assign so that every student is working on the right lesson for them. For Social Studies and Science, Freckle includes complete, literacy-based units with reading assignments, discussion topics, and group projects to complete.

Freckle also includes lessons that incorporate skills and knowledge from multiple subjects.

One example is our Inquiry-Based Lessons (IBLs) in Math. Students work in small groups using math standards and critical thinking skills to solve a real-world problem together over the course of a few days. Many of the challenges tie into other subjects, such as the IBL on Adding and Subtracting Within 1,000. The topic of this IBL is passing a bill into law, so students get to explore Social Studies concepts while they apply their math knowledge.

3. Research-backed and proven to increase scores

It should come as no surprise that when we give every student the opportunity to learn at their own level, they’ll be more successful than they would otherwise.

Research shows that students in classrooms that differentiate instruction using Freckle exhibit more growth than students in classrooms that did not.

In fact, a study conducted by KnowProgress found that students who used Freckle grew significantly more than student norms on the NWEA MAP test.

Another study conducted by WestEd Research found that students who used Freckle scored 4.6 points higher on their end-of-year MAP scores than students who did not.

In the 2017-2018 school year, Freckle’s top districts saw 0.9 grade level growth across their active students in just a 6-month period.

4. Save teachers time

Without the aid of a differentiation platform, differentiation becomes so time-consuming that it’s often impractical. Teachers simply don’t have enough hours in the week to develop a personalized curriculum for each student.

With Freckle, everything teachers need to differentiate instruction is right in their dashboard—from complete units to student growth reports. Teachers never have to spend time searching for extra resources or grading assignments. They can automatically see how each student is doing, as well as how the class is doing as a whole. That means teachers can spend their time focusing on what really matters: teaching students.

5. Teachers and administrators love it

Over 500,000 teachers across 10,000 districts use Freckle’s differentiation platform in the classroom. Our teachers have made it clear that they love how much Freckle helps students grow!

Tara Niederkorn, a Math Intervention teacher at Grand Mesa Middle School in GrandJunction, Colorado, said, "I have seen such tremendous growth... Freckle has helped my students fill holes in their mathematical thinking and has quickly accelerated their learning."

Our administrators love how easy it is to implement Freckle in their schools and get buy-in from their staff.

Helen Hill, Director of Curriculum at Pasadena Unified School District, said, “Teachers know best, and they made it clear that Freckle was changing things for them. It’s so quick, easy to use, and purposeful that our teachers didn’t need any encouragement to use it.”

Freckle also has a perfect 5-star rating on Common Sense Education’s website and received their 2018 Top Pick for Learning badge.

Bring differentiation to your school or district

To learn more about how Freckle’s differentiation platform can help your school or district improve student outcomes, sign up for a free demo here. We’ll be happy to walk you through the platform and answer all of your questions!

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