I want to be able to personalize the learning in my math rotations to meet the needs of my students. I have some that are ready to really delve into higher math and some that are working on basic number sense. A software program that could help with this differentiation.
I want to implement station rotations and use Front Row (currently 19 students) to help with the various needs of my students. I am set for devices but feel that the software will help me fill in the gaps of those students that are not performing well in math as well as challenge those that need that. I would also really like to see if both of these programs would work to give me data and guide some instruction.
I know that for some of my students that logging on is a struggle so that may be a big push of mine until Winter break. I know I have some tech savvy students that can lead the way.
I will be changing up our math rotations/schedule. I will be working to have 4 rotations and blending station rotations with some individual flexibility. We may be able to modify our daily schedule to increase our rotations and meet student needs better.
I will check the data reports weekly if not more often (most likely daily) to help me adjust small groups or instruction in those groups. I will also use the assignment feature of Front Row and I would like to be able to give a "have to" assignment on these before students could move on to the "want to" task. I also like certain aspects of both software (fact fluency or giving students set assignments) that are not options for just one of the software.
Reflection & Findings:
Reflection 1: February 16, 2017
After looking at MAP data and classroom data, I see that I still have students that need some targeted intervention in math. I am analyzing the MAP data and giving students targeted assignments/ tasks/interventions based on these skill deficits. I will check in frequently to see if the intervention is working and how I need to adjust small group instruction or practice. Right now I am implementing the use of Front Row monitoring the usage, tasks and skills mastered to aide in closing these skill deficits. I want to see tremendous growth from Winter to Spring in our District Assessments as well as classroom performance. I am excited to have a way to use technology in a fluid, meaningful way to not only guide instruction but to gather data.
At this time my students are more comfortable with the technology but I still have some that struggle with logging on or navigating through the site. I am working with these in small groups to strengthen it. I am also working with students that are more tech savvy to have them become the tech experts in our room. The will be able to troubleshoot minor problems so we can all keep working.
I am seeing a great deal of confidence and success especially with students that are on both ends of the spectrum (struggling or advanced). They are able to practice and work at their level and are happy to work and learn new things.
Reflection 2: April 20, 2017
I look at a variety of data in my classroom. Some of that is daily to see where my instruction needs to go and some of that is multiple check points throughout the year. I looked through the data for MAP Math testing that was done in January and dove deeper into the reports to find the problem type or skills that my students were missing. This was different for almost every student. Then, as we got more devices and we got the software Front Row I was able to assign task for each student based on those exact needs. As they master those needs, I change the tasks to meet where the students are at. I meet with the student weekly to show them what I see in their progress, just like we look at their weekly progress monitoring graphs. I have hard conversations with students that skipped questions or logged off without getting work done and we celebrate new levels of knowledge and achievement.
This year has been a learning time for me as well as my students. We have found some tech experts in the room that can help others troubleshoot small problems and give them confidence. I have had to let go of many of my routines and create many new ones. I have learned the students (through trial and error) that can manage their own time and assignments in our reading or math block, and those who still need my support to do this.
I like the feedback I am able to give my students about their academics and their social emotional responsibilities throughout the day/week.
As my school moves to school of Rigor and all that entails I am not sure how SeeSaw will fit in. I do not currently use it and at this point have no plans to start. That may change as I learn more next year. As always, Trailblazing is a work in progress!
Reflection 3: May 31, 2017
After analyzing the data I was surprised to find that my biggest student growth on MAP in Math from Winter to Spring was not in some of my highest students, though many did grow some, but in my next highest group of kids. They exceeded the projected growth and were able to replicate this in classroom assessments as well. I also had one of my lowest students that made tremendous growth after using FrontRow and being in math small group interventions. Going forward I want to see what this looks like when we are able to implement from the beginning of the school year. I also want to build in a weekly accountability time (meet with me and discuss the learning) for some of my top kids to see if they can be pushed even farther.
I think that the benefit of Front Row math is that there is both targeted practice and there is adaptive practice. I think building it into my math rotations, similar to Lexia in literacy means that most students have a consistent chunk of time to practice these math skills.
I think this is easily replicable in other classrooms even with very few devices as a station rotation set up.
It worked to have students rotate to this program. Some students (ELL especially) are already in many intervention groups and did not get much time to practice this. I did not see the biggest growth where I thought I would, but it really worked to boost my medium/high kids to a new level.