River Woods Elementary
My instructional challenge is to address the range of skill levels my students have when it comes to Math. I want to divide my whole group math instruction into smaller groups, so that I can be more targeted in my instruction. I want to be able to reach my students at their instructional level while ensuring they have access to the core skills they need in order to be proficient in Math. I also want to engage my students in meaningful skill work during their independent activities, so I am also planning on implementing a technology integrated station rotation as well.
Step 1: Analyze data points to determine appropriate student groupings
Step 2: Select differentiated instructional content to teach core math concepts
Step 3: Deliver small group core instruction, assess and regroup based on data
Step 4: Develop appropriate skill stations for students to work through collaboratively and/or independently as assigned, with technology integration being in at least one component
Step 5: Explicitly model routines and procedures for interaction at each station, gradually releasing full responsibility to students to monitor their learning
Step 6: Adjust station rotations as needed, based on student data and evidence of learning
Step 7: Monitor Fall, Winter, and EOY data to determine growth, success areas, and make modifications to plan for future instruction.
Reflection & Findings:
Reflection 1: February 16, 2017
Overall this year has been a challenge. I switched to first grade after four years in kindergarten. I was familiar with the standards and how students generally reacted to instruction. I was ready for a change and a challenge. I have been working hard to navigate the standards and learning that happens in first grade. While I have spent most of my energy and focus on this I have been able to support my action plan some. I have utilized SplashMath with my students for around three months that allows them to have instruction at their level. I am currently waiting for a more adaptive software to utilize for math instruction. After our mid year meeting I have ideas to implement with my students from a Symbaloo page with our websites we utilize in the classroom to start using GoFormative with my students. I look forward to finishing out the year and will be ready to make adjustments for the next year.
Reflection 2: April 20, 2017
The kids have been excited to work in Dreambox and have been motivated by their success within the program. I am still working on digging into the data and playing around to see how it can best support me. I look forward to starting this at the beginning of the year with my students to see where they can go. I have started to use GoFormative with my students and found how easy it is to utilize to collect data on my students and they enjoy the format as well!
I'm excited for next year as I can give first grade another go after surviving my first year. At times I felt like a brand new teacher all over again. My background with Trailblazers helped me stay grounded in overcoming he roadblocks presented to me this year. I look forward to deepening my skills and extending the learning of my students next year.
Reflection 3: May 31, 2017
My data was not exactly where I wanted it to be this year. While it was not quite what I had expected my students still improved and at times surpassed the growth goal set for them. In my transition to first grade I worked hard with my students to support them throughout the year in their learning. I feel Trailblazers supported my students by providing them an interactive math program tailored to their needs. I look forward to utilizing the program from the start of the school year all the way through. Also to support my students in their progress I plan to implement a station rotation that I utilized more often in kindergarten than I did this year. I also want to provide more individualized instruction through math centers, independent work, and bringing in coding and STEM activities to help further deepen my students knowledge.