- ModeratorDecember 31, 2019 at 5:36 am
Looking at student data with other educators- pre-assessments, formative assessments, and other examples of student work with teaching peers can help teachers see who is working differently than their peers. These conversations provide excellent opportunities to talk about the different characteristics of gifted students and introduce ways we can support all learners in our classrooms.
- ModeratorJanuary 1, 2020 at 10:51 pm
This is a great reminder since many districts are likely doing some mid-year assessments once they return from winter break. In my district we will be doing iReady Reading and Math diagnostics in grades K-8. Examining this data can help educators make timely and effective adjustments to instruction that can impact students’ overall growth before the end of the school year.
- MemberFebruary 25, 2020 at 2:47 pm
I love to use Google Sheets to chart and color code data and look for trends that can be used for small group decision making. This is a great strategy in the heterogeneous classroom. While a Highly Capable cluster group might be present, they don’t always need the same services, and sometimes there are other, non-identified students in the classroom who can benefit from the same small group instruction as the Highly Capable students. For example, currently I am offering a telescoped 5th/6th grade math course to a group of 30 fifth graders who have shown a need for some advancement. After offering the course for four weeks, it is clear that four of the students do not have the study skills necessary to be successful in such a fast paced course, eight of the 30 students have shown the ability to move even faster, and the other 22 need a little more practice in the skills that we’ve covered before moving on. The data helps me to justify my decisions, but also to keep groups flexible, so that each child understand that their ability to move in and out of groups is based on their effort. In our next unit, the students’ needs may be different, so it is important to keep the groups flexible.
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