Like most classes, we have a large range of conceptual and skill understandings when it comes to ratios & proportions. We have been tuning in as a whole class with the following learning experiences:
° Creating Colours Using Ratios
° Smarties Ratios
° Visualising Ratios
° Rabbit Proportions
and have been differentiating by selecting YouTubes at home to learn and record findings: Flipping our Classroom to Find Out About Ratios
During these experiences, we have been creating wonderings we want to explore and it's been useful to informally assess where each of my students are at.
Today, I felt we were ready to start embarking on our own enquiries and to facilitate this, I created a progression line chart of strategies we use for ratios / proportions / rates.
We discussed the strategies briefly and then each child write their name and a brief reason for selecting a strategy they feel they should learn next to help with their understanding. (see below)
This is a really useful way to help gain a sense of where each child is at and it empowers children to take ownership of their own learning. This also ensures each child's learning needs are being met - differentiation plus!
Children now find others in our class who are using learning about the same strategy and applying it to word problems to learn together with or they can select doing this individually. This, I think, helps accommodate not only introverted and extroverted personalities, but it also caters to particular moods we might be having each day. Some days, we are feeling really sociable and other times we feel we need some quite time. Giving children the opportunity in how they want to learn in these situations honours who they are at that particular time.
As we continue with our unit, the children will move their post-it note along the line once they feel they have a good understanding of how the strategy works and explain this on their journey map: Ratio & Proportions Assessment
To help gain a better insight, we did a quick Google form survey:
Where do you feel you are at with your understanding?
|Finding strategies to find proportions Eg, 3 : 5 brown to white If 21 brown, how many white?||3||15.8%|
|Ready to start learning how to solve rates problems Eg, km/hr 4 francs/kg etc||6||31.6%|
|Continue practising rates problems and ready for complex word problems||4||21.1%|
Being able to see who responded let's me know who is ready for what stage and so I can help cater to those needs to.