RAFT is an acronym for Role, Audience, Format, Topic. RAFTs require students to take a specific point of view which promotes thinking. Often teachers provide students with options (teacher-directed according to readiness) to process the content and demonstrate what they know. This practical learning experience combines videos of teachers sharing their own applications with other teacher-created examples and is designed specifically for K-5 educators who want to promote thinking and motivation. TLS has worked with thousands of educators helping them translate their effective practice to Differentiated Instruction (DI). ‘Teacher of teachers,’ Dr. Pete Grande and TLS team provide you with everything you need for a meaningful, valuable and doable learning experience.
DI is a framework for instruction that clarifies curricular objectives, uses ongoing formative assessment to engage learners at the correct level of difficulty, and establishes an environment conducive to the advancement of academic growth. RAFT is part of the TLS Making DI Doable series of 12 DI strategy offerings. Take them all!
Learning Path Outcomes:
- Define the DI strategy of RAFT and identify why and how RAFT lessons increase student learning
- Analyze RAFT lessons for Assessment Driven, Responsive and Engaging (A R E) characteristics
- Learn how to manage a RAFT lesson
- Study Look Fors when constructing and/or observing a RAFT lesson
- Create a RAFT lesson that challenges students at their correct level of difficulty
- Know how RAFT can help teachers answer the DI essential question: How can I use the Four Pillars of DI–Curriculum, Assessment, Instruction and Management–to be more Assessment Driven, Responsive and Engaging?