“You have set yourselves a difficult task, but you will succeed if you persevere, and you will find a joy in overcoming obstacles. Remember, no effort that we make to attain something beautiful is ever lost. What I am looking for is not out there, it is in me.” - Helen Keller
I assessed students' computation skill yesterday.
The results were much different than I anticipated given their daily work.
Yet, the results helped me to plan a responsive path of teaching
The few who demonstrated competency in all areas have reached "teacher" status and will be matched with a few students who have unique needs. They'll practice together.
Those who are close to competency will meet with me to shore up a few areas of need. I expect this group to learn quickly and move to competency and "teacher" status soon.
It's a matter of lots of practice right now to get the whole team to mastery. Practice that will include the following:
- Explicit teaching
- Video coaching
- Peer coaching.
- Online and off line practice.
- Frequent formative assessment.
- Encouragement and inspiration.
Once we pass through this initial competency step, we'll then embark on the next step which includes computation and problem solving.