In my classroom of 23 students, I have a group of 6 higher level thinkers. These students are scoring proficient or close to proficient on both the Reading and Math MAP test. I have heard from parents and students themselves that they are getting bored in class. I need to push these students further in their learning, while still devoting more of my time to my struggling students.
I also have a large groups of students that are missing foundational skills in math. These students are missing skills from as far back as kindergarten. During my math block, I am given 25 minutes for whole group and 45 minutes of small group to be used as backfill/enrichment. My challenge is to meet all the needs of all 23 students during those 45 minutes. The majority of students are also ELL which creates another challenge.
Reflection & Findings:
Wow! I am cautiously optimistic by the math MAP data gathered on my students. All of my students made growth! Some didn’t make much growth, but a even a baby step in the right direction is a win in my book. Delving into the data a little deeper, I have reaffirmed the fact that there are a full gamete of levels in my classroom. I am working on skills from 1st grade to 6th grade. What I really appreciate about this data is the ability I have to group my students in a way to fill in the gaps that they are missing at the same time that we continue working on 5th grade core skills. After seeing this data I was able to rearrange my math block to meet with 5 different small groups. Each student in my room meets with me to work on 5th grade core in one of the first 3 groups. These groups are loosely ability based, which gives me the option of increasing or decreasing the pace of the lessons. In addition to these 3 groups, students, identified by their RIT score, meet with me or another interventionist in another small group to practice previously covered skills. During their independent time, students are working through an online component and completing seat work over the core instruction.
My biggest and concern at the moment is making time to meet individually with students to conference with them concerning their work in small groups, as well as online.