I want to structure my math time so I meet the needs of every student. All the below level kids get what they need and the advanced students get what they need. I want to close the achievement gap in math.
1. Use a rotation model during my math block.
2. Use an online math software that is available to students at home and school. The software is going to have a pre assessment included and then be adaptive according to the work the students are doing. The software will also need to have data that can be used by the students and me to analyze their growth.
3. The student's will have an online communication device to show parents evidence of learning. (Class Dojo)
4. The students are going to have a data notebook in class that we will update at least weekly. The students will reflect if they are learning and what they are learning.
Reflection & Findings:
Reflection 1: February 16, 2017
Sooooooo, it is February 16 and time to reflect a little bit about how my plan is working.
Reflection 2: April 20, 2017
My plan is continuing to evolve. The rotation model in my room is working better. It is not where I want it yet, but it is closer.
I still have 4 rotations (Independent work, STEM, group with me and FrontRow) There have been changes in a couple of the areas in my rotations. In the STEM rotation I have added different challenges that I am excited about and have really challenged my students to think in a different way. I have started using breakout boxes and robotics with coding. The breakout boxes have been using skills from reading, math, social studies and science to challenge the students. The problem solving skills and perseverance the students have had to use has also been a great addition to the rotations. The students are also using Dash robots to further their understanding of various concepts. The students have a much better understanding of fraction's concepts compared to in the past years. I have students using the robots and creating code that demonstrates their understanding of problems where they have to figure out ¼ of x if x is 120 cm. They are also creating game boards that will help them practice decimals.
The biggest challenge I continue to face is for the students to be independently working and accomplishing tasks. When I started collecting data in January, I realized that 23% of my students were being successful in there work for the week. Not just completion, but actually understanding what they are doing as well. Through training and guidance there are currently 58% of the students being successful on the tasks. Some of the training we have done includes a couple organizational items (checklist, folder for all work, constant monitoring online and face to face) That percentage is a huge improvement, and there are more improvements and training I am giving my students to get that percentage to continue to increase.