3-2-1 Fair Isn’t Always Equal, Chapters 5 & 6

In reading the text, Fair Isn’t Always Equal, by Rick Wormeli, I found out three things.

  1. Tiering is another word for differentiating the difficulty of tasks, in order to meet the needs of students.
  2. Adjusting complexity is one way to tier, but sometimes simply adjusting the timeline will suffice.
  3. Assessments should be designed to be graded quickly and efficiently so students receive timely feedback.

Two interesting things from the readings are:

  1. Frank William’s Taxonomy of Creativity, because I wonder if I could use those ideas for generating service learning ideas, and
  2. the idea of One-Word Summaries, because I can imagine using it in my class to evaluate effectiveness of decisions.

One question I still have about this portion of the book is whether, given options, most students will differentiate on their own in a project-based classroom.  For example, my students recently made documentaries.  Most of them met the standards of the rubric, but the higher-level students created more complex products, and the lower-level students produced very simple work.