RAFT is typically an English Language Arts writing aid. We can use it in math as a different and more engaging way for students to demonstrate their understanding.
R = Role
A = Audience
F = Format
T = Topic
The way to use this technique in math class is to prepare a set of RAFTs on a given topic and have the students randomly draw and present one of them to their classmates.
For example, in quadratics, one RAFT might be:
Role: Unfactorable Quadratic Equation
Audience: Quadratic Formula
Format: Love Letter
Topic: Why I can’t live without you…
The student getting this slip will prepare a love letter from the perspective of a quadratic equation, explaining why the quadratic formula is so desperately needed. Students will be creative in showing their understanding, and I promise they will show understanding. Every class I have tried this with has had a blast.