My instructional challenge is to sufficiently support math foundational skills. I currently use Lexia in reading rotations to better support literacy development. I will implement FrontRow math with a similar rotation. I will also investigate using front row for some of my emergent readers that need more exposure to digital text. Finally I will implement Seesaw as a way to create a learning journal documenting digital evidence of students learning and using the digitized version to share success with parents.
Step 1: Use the FrontRow software from the student account
Step 2: Watch the software being used in a K-1 classroom
Step 3: Implement the software, with ITC on-site support
Step 4: Use the reports to differentiate and plan math group
Step 5: Incorporate Seesaw Plus into evidence collection of additional data and enhancing centers (based on FrontRow data) via QR Codes
Step 6: Put them back on the software, watch the data
Step 7: Regroup
Reflection & Findings:
First Reflection (2/15/17)
When I started Trailblazers I was really look for a math software that would provide me with some data to help group my students in instructional small groups.
I chose the Front Row software because I thought it offered more rigorous tasks for students to grapple with in their math thinking.
Speaking for most of the math program, it gives a problem, a visual for the problem and a working space for the student to "do math". I love that is has audio for my kindergartners to hit as many times as they need to, to hear the problem over and over again. I love the erase and number features it provides to help students make better meaning of their math work as they're solving problems. It also has YouTube clips that do mini lessons around the content of each problem as well as referrals to students in the classroom they suggest asking for help with each particular problem or problem type based on its data collection of student answers.
So overall, I think Front Row has fostered rigorous tasks with relevant and helpful tools to help them be independent problem solvers in math – AND gives me the data to show where they need me.
My students have all worked in the Counting and Cardinality strand of the program and I have reviewed the data, however, the purpose of starting them on that strand was to familiarize themselves with the program for the first time. I did not use that data to make the next step decisions for small math instruction, instead I used the MAP data from fall and winter. Using these sets of data I assigned students assignments on Front Row in their low academic areas, some within a strand and some more specific to a piece of a strand.
I will be anxious to look at the data from these assignments within Front Row to see if it aligns with the data from MAP and if it has shown growth in those weak areas.
Aside from assignments, strand and target specific, I have now asked that the students work in the Operations and Algebraic Thinking strand within the program which is our current CORE strand, in hopes that it fills holes in my whole group instruction and provides independent practice in our current strand.
One of my concerns is the integrity of the data...wondering how much clicking they do if they do not know the problem or do not prefer it. I am surprised by some of the accuracy scores when I'm looking at their data, wondering if this is the case. I have 2 students who really struggle using the program and do not feel comfortable with the layout as it's not as user friendly our Lexia reading software.
I do not have the ability to watch consistently but plan to take some time to watch and see their persistence to problems and see if they chose to click, guess or change problems. Students really seem to like the software
I see some hard thinking going on and I do hear them talking every now and again about what they are solving....oh, and they love the "Piggie Store" where they spend earned coins to accessorize their avatar.
I plan to use the data from their assignments (struggling areas) and what they are doing within the Operations and Algebraic Thinking strand (current CORE content) to create flexible math groups as needed.