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)
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.