Plus, Minus and Interesting  (Any Grade)


Rationale:  Students have a reason to focus on what is taught so that they can respond to the three areas (plus, minus, interesting) and express their own viewpoint on their learning.

DI Strategy:  P, M, I (plus, minus, interesting)

Differentiate What?  Process

Differentiate How?   Interest, Current Issues and/or Trends

Resources Needed:  PMI worksheet (sample attached)

Teacher Preparation:
1. The teacher is to create a PMI worksheet outlining the main points of the unit or day's lesson.

Explanation:  This lesson is designed for students to focus on the pluses, minuses and interesting points regarding the content of the lesson/unit taught.
1.  Discuss with students the PMI process.  Explain that they are to use the worksheet to evaluate each point of the lesson/unit as a "+" (enjoyed it), "-" (did not enjoy it), and "I" (found it interesting).
2.  Provide some examples.
3.  Pass out worksheets and begin instruction.
4.  Students evaluate throughout the lesson/unit.
5.  Teacher facilitates discussion of PMI's at the end of the lesson.
6.  Teacher collects worksheets and uses feedback to develop future lessons or units of instruction.

Duration:  This will vary depending on what is being evaluated.  Teacher may wish to evaluate daily lessons or entire units.

Teacher Role:  The teacher develops worksheet, lessons, and facilitates discussion of ideas.  Following discussion, teacher builds future lessons to accommodate these interests.

Assessment:  PMI worksheets

Jason Cooper and Trish Kilcoyne
Hawks Rise Elementary

Editor's Note:This activity can be adapted to any unit or lesson in any area of study.