River Woods Elementary
I would like to be able to differentiate my math instruction. I would like to be able to initiate a rotation model for my math instruction. My school has math set up in delivery model of whole and small group instruction, but it doesn't differentiate and individualize learning enough. As a personal goal, I would like to implement problem based learning for STEM and writing instruction.
Step 1: Define what I would like to do within my rotation model as choices. Observe someone already implementing rotation model and plan rotation model to incorporate quickly.
Step 2: Begin utilizing software with students for differentiating math instruction.
Step 3: Use data to then build flexible grouping.
Step 4: Review data implementing GoFormative along the way to check over evidence from learning.
Reflection & Findings:
Reflection 1: February 7, 2017
The data shows multiple students are below grade level in both reading and math. The students are having difficulty with various items in math that are second grade learning, as well as with first grade concepts. Within reading skills, the students scored far below on MAP assessment.
I have been utilizing adaptive software for reading to help target student needs. Using this information as much as I can, I have been taking this information for doing additional instruction. This has also been a good opportunity to target skills that I may not need to do for all students. As far as math goes, I have tried to adapt instruction, but do not have the opportunities to affect the most needs of my students as I am looking to implement software. The first adjustment that I did that seemed to make better gains was to change all instruction from whole group and small group instruction to mostly small group targeted instruction with an initial exploratory for the whole group.
The initial roadblocks were varied levels of learners that I couldn't serve due to a lack of software and devices. Also, the schedule and the times that students were being pulled by others for instruction was getting in the way.
As students are engaging with adaptive software and working in more small group opportunities, they are making more progress with motivation and catching up to previous skills not mastered. In addition, they are working towards being more independent in activities.
Reflection 2: April 20, 2017
Data shows that my students are making gains in reading comprehension due to the amounts of time and effort being placed in small group instruction responsive to Lexia. Math instruction is more targeted to students due to the initial information gained from adaptive software from Dreambox. Students are motivated to complete lessons so that they can show improvements that we highlight as a class. In mathematics, I have been able to use the data to make more responsive lesson plans for small group or whole group discoveries and explorations. This has allowed for connecting science, math, and writing more tightly.
Initially, I began with using small group instruction as a consistent routine. Data helped me to adapt how and when I utilized small group instruction. This occurred when I began to make flexible groups everyday without a particular schedule. I have begun to investigate go formative and SEE SAW as recording tool for gathering evidence. I am definitely in the beginning stages, but am interested in using more fully with students and parents. The last part of the school year will be implementing both tools to determine which one I like best.
The school schedule limits the amount of instruction that I am able to do with small group and the amount of assistance that I can provide for students. Title assistance pulls students from my class and then I am not able to work with students on particular goals. Another roadblock is being able to efficiently work with Dreambox to get specific data that I can use to make efficient groupings. I would like to work towards using MAP assessments and dive down further in.
Student successes are in motivation for taking on more difficult math through Dreambox and in more targeted small group instruction. I have made a couple of GoFormative activities to help me with getting math evidence. I foresee using this in the future as it was not as difficult as I thought.