Little Miss Teacher Blog

By Clara Fiorentini

Friday, 1 March 2019

Think, tac, toe - A strategy for differentiation


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To differentiate, we modify and adapt our instruction to suit the individual learning needs of our pupils. Successful differentiation depends on two things:

1.You, the teacher being flexible to the learning styles of your pupils.

2. Giving the children options

One strategy which gives options and permits the pupils to feel in control of their learning, is the 'Think, Tac, Toe' approach.

Based on Tic-Tac-Toe or 'X's and O's' as many of us know it as; the Think Tac Toe strategy follows the layout of the game.

Nine boxes in a 3x3 layout. Each box contains a challenge, a question or an activity. Pupils must complete 3 out of the 9 activities but the challenge is that they must choose '3 in a row'. Thus, the pupils must make careful choices and really consider what will work best for them. Horizontally, vertically or diagonally - any direction will do once it is '3 in a row'.

The 'Think Tac Toe' strategy can be used across the curriculum and is well suited to the more senior classes.

Examples:

Comprehension style for SESE:


Open ended style story writing prompt for Creative Writing activities:


A simple but really effective activity, easily created and designed to suit your own class and their own unique learning styles.



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