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Classroom Maths:
The differentiated curriculum provides for the balanced development of critical, creative problem solving and research skills, advanced content, and authentic and appropriate products.
The task:
We have a problem here in class. Some people can’t see, others are crammed in a corner. I simply have not done a perfect job setting up our tables and class areas.
Since you are the experts and have to sit in these tables everyday, I’m going to let you solve this problem in the same way a business solves their problems.

Steps

  1. Students work in small groups - no more than 4.
  2. Students need to gather the measurements of tables, seating area, chairs, and other common classroom items.
  3. Each group must create an exact scale diagram (using graph paper). After the scale diagram is complete, students must check with teacher. (to ensure accuracy and because scale drawings are part of our math curriculum).
  4. Students create models using whatever materials you choose, (recommend Google Sketchup).
  5. Groups must write a proposal to present to the class (see steps below). Groups must have their proposals in written form first.
  6. All groups present their proposals complete with question and answer time.
  7. All students vote on their favorite solution (online survey). After counting up the votes, the winner is announced.
  8. Now implement the solution – have everyone move the furniture into the new formation.
  9. At the end of the unit, evaluate the solution. There are bound to be some unforeseen problems. Discuss point of view of someone engaged in a solution versus someone complaining about a problem.
  10. Revise the solution and re-implement the next day.
  11. After a couple months, re-evaluate.

Students’ proposals should follow these steps when they present. Visual, written and oral components should be part of the presentation.
  1. Hook: Get the audience interested.
  2. Problem: Show that you understand the problem. What is the problem? Why is it a problem?
  3. Solution: Explain how you will solve the problem.
  4. Evaluation: Explain how we will test to see if the solution has worked.
  5. Schedule of delivery: When will this problem be solved and what do you need to solve it?
  6. Opportunity to field questions: Q&A session with the class.