In other groups, each person completes the task on their own, but the students cooperate to finish the work.
Skills are learned in context and perseverance through failure is frequent.
In order to have an active, differentiated classroom, basic management procedures would need to be followed on a daily basis.
The start and end of each day would have to be generally consistent: look at the whiteboard for the first instruction (respond to the question or prompt, check homework, etc.) and pack up and sit quietly when a minute remained at the end of class.
Another, socio-economic status, separates kids by how they dress and act.
Cognitively, students are coming from many different places and hold different misconceptions about the topic under study. Finally, they have interests that are all over the map, and likely change week to week.
When I am given latitude to choose a task within parameters, I often find the task interesting and relevant to my life.
When the task requires learning a new skill, I am very focused and eager to learn, then immediately practice and apply, the new skill.
Typical story problems rarely seem realistic and don’t require deep thinking.
The goal in my classroom would be to use prompts or situations that require a few days of thought and action to complete.