South Union Elementary
My instructional challenge is to create more personalized activities for students to engage in independently and collaboratively during rotations in addition to small group. Previously, I have noticed I can create center games but find that students solve problems incorrectly or are not engaged. I struggle to find adequate time to review or reteach until their small group instructional time. I would also like small group instruction to become more personalized in math (similar to what my reading time looks like). This can be done with the assistance of an adaptive software program and informative data points.
Step 1: Restructure Whole Group instruction to set the purpose for personalized Small Group Instruction
Step 2: Analyze CFAs, software data, MAP data, and anecdotal notes to adjust small groups and instructional foci
Step 3: Plan out the curriculum/lessons and personalized activities for students
Step 4: Create activities/assignments that are engaging and tied to technology
Step 6: Open the lessons up to the students, so they can complete the tasks at their own pace.
Step 7: Analyze the data (student grades) and determine what students I need to pull students for individualized instruction
Reflection & Findings:
Reflection 1: February 16, 2017
My students made some great growth with MAP and on Fast testing. I attribute part of that to the work they are doing through GoFormative (online assessing experience), Individualized learning through small groups, and engagement through technology in the classroom. I have had to make some adjustments in my math plan given the struggle with Dreambox. I will be using FrontRow until Dreambox is available. I will be using that data to assist in small group planning.
My biggest roadblock has been lack of adaptive programming through Dreambox. My math plan was dependent a little on that program. That being said, I been using GoFormative for assessing and that has been going very well. My students love it and are highly engaged. I have also created a Symbaloo account for easy accessibility to my online forms students use during literature circles, writing, and math.
My students (as usual) are highly engaged and using 21st Century skills in my classroom. I continue to be amazed at what my students are capable of accomplishing. My next step is for them to create a Slide presentation to share with their classmates about an insect.
Reflection 2: April 20, 2017