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8 Easy Ways to Differentiate Math Instruction with Freckle

Posted by Hannah Alvarez on May 29, 2018 at 1:09 PM

Differentiating Math

Freckle Math makes it easy for teachers to reach every student at their own level—without spending extra time creating personalized lessons for each student! Here are eight ways that you can start differentiating Math instruction in your classroom with Freckle today.

1. Assess every student’s starting level

When students start to practice in Freckle, the first thing they’ll do is take a brief, diagnostic pre-test to determine their starting level. The questions get harder as they go, so the program can quickly assess where they’ll gain the most benefit from starting out.

When you have students take the pre-test, be sure to tell them to try their best! That way, they’ll hit the ground running at the most accurate challenge level for them.

Once the pre-tests are complete, you can find the results in your teacher Dashboard. Just go to your Math reports and click on the Pre-Test Report.

Math pre-test report with each student's pre-test level

2. Have students work at their own level with Adaptive Practice

Once pre-tests are complete, students can work at their own level in each math domain. Freckle automatically adjusts as students make progress, so each student is practicing on their own personalized pathway.

Student dashboard with math standards. Level 33: Comparing decimals

You will likely have some students who are much farther ahead than others—and that’s fine! The goal is to have everyone working at an appropriate challenge level so that no one gets bored or left behind.

3. Exercise critical thinking and teamwork with Inquiry Based Lessons

With Freckle’s Inquiry-Based Lessons (IBLs), students learn math standards through fun real-world scenarios like planning a birthday party, creating museum exhibits, and opening a sushi restaurant. IBLs give students an open-ended scenario to solve in small groups. No formulas or explicit math problems are given, so students must figure out how to solve the problem using their prior knowledge!

Each IBL spans 3-5 days, takes only 10-15 minutes of prep time, and comes with everything you need to deliver the lesson, including an intro presentation, videos, and worksheets for each day. There is an IBL for each math standard for grades 1-8 in Freckle!

A 3rd grade IBL on Basic Division: Designing a City Zoo

4. Identify knowledge gaps with a benchmark assessment

With Freckle, you can assign benchmark assessments in any domains and standards you choose. The benchmark assessment gives you a snapshot of your students’ knowledge. It’s a good idea to do one early in the year so you have a good baseline by which to measure future progress. Then, you can assign more benchmark assessments throughout the year to evaluate how much your students have grown.

When the assessment is complete, you can view the results in your Assessments report. This allows you to zero in on areas where your class is currently struggling—or not progressing fast enough. Then, you can make a plan to reteach that material or assign Targeted Practice to reinforce those skills.

Assessment report with each student's score

5. Target intervention and determine where to focus class time with reports

Your Freckle Math reports are the key to understanding how your class is doing! Use the Performance by Standard report to see at a glance which standards your class is struggling with, then drill down to see how each student is doing with that standard. You can assign Targeted Practice with the click of a button next to any standard directly from this report!

Performance by Standard report. Standard 5.NF.1 has 18 students <50%, 7 students at 50-80%, and 0 students >80%.

You can also see details on each individual student’s performance with Report Cards. These are perfect for preparing for parent-teacher meetings or making an intervention plan for students who are behind.

Neil Armstrong's math report card. Focused on 46 standards practiced with accuracy percentage.

6. Give additional practice with printable worksheets

Printables are personalized worksheets that are unique to each student based on their Math progress. Students can practice at their own level without the need for a computer or iPad! Printables are perfect for classrooms with fewer devices, as well as for homework.

List of domains for adaptive practice printables

When you generate Printables, they automatically use the student’s current level to personalize the questions, so they are always up to date. Plus, they come with an answer key for the teacher at the end, so grading is a breeze!

7. Partner up for peer coaching

Working with other students at different levels is a great way to help students learn the material in a new way. When a student has trouble with a problem in Adaptive Practice, they’ll see a list of classmates who have already mastered that question and may be able to help. This is a great way to foster teamwork and communication in the classroom!

You can also sort students into same- or mixed-level groups using the Class Grouping Report. Mixed-level group activities encourage students to share knowledge and build each other up!

Class grouping report for Fractions

8. Reinforce skills with Fact Practice and Number Facts

Sometimes, there’s no substitute for practicing basic facts! When you want to drill your students on operations, Fact Practice is the perfect way to give them a lot of quick repetitions in an engaging way.

integer fact practice with 24 problems

Number Facts is a special practice mode just for K-2 students. It helps them master simple addition and subtraction skills using pictures and audio to reinforce concepts.

Grapes illustrating 1+2 = ?

Ready to differentiate Math instruction in your classroom? Create your free Freckle account today!

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