Name: Jennifer Schams
Grade Level for this RAFT: 5
RAFT can be incorporated into a curriculum as an assessment, either formative or summative, depending upon when it is used, for students to demonstrate their learning about a particular topic in a fun, creative way. RAFTs allow students choice, flexibility, and the ability to use their creativity while writing about a specific topic. RAFT activities open up many venues in math class where writing sometimes can seem contrived and not real. The choices offered by multiple RAFT activities give students the opportunity to choose what they want to write about based on their strengths and desires. RAFTs can be easily added to any unit of study.
Offering activities such as the multiple RAFT choices on this RAFT board give students who do not like to write or who lack confidence in their abilities the opportunity to choose a format that lends itself to that student’s strengths. For example, a student who dislikes writing essays may jump at the opportunity to create a wanted poster about a particular topic to showcase his or her learning. The fact that there is art involved and minimal formal writing in the previous example could be a motivator for students who dislike writing. RAFT activities also allow choices that in and of themselves can increase motivation because they put the decision making in the students’ courts. RAFT activities have a lot of potential for reaching the students who don’t care for writing because of the choices, creativity, and fun that they offer.