Exciting things are going at P.S. 42X. This month we focused on targeting areas that the data indicated that needed additional support and also examined at our instructional practices as a means of better meeting the needs of students.
During our last session we focused on the use of game structures to build fluencies and understanding. The focus on Stage 3 and Stage 4 fluencies support the work that the end of the 2015 school year. Some of the game structures used were Connect 4, Heads Ups/Head Feathers, Double Dice games. The links to the activities are below:
- Grade K: Top 5 Kinder Fluencies
- Grade 1: Activities, Recording Sheets, Top 10 Fluencies
- Grade 2: Activities and Assessment Focus
- Grade 3: Activities and Top 5 Fluencies
- Grade 4: Activities and Assessment Focus
- Grade 5: Activities, Top 5 Fluencies and Decimal Game Reference Sheet
Additionally, we shared some formative assessment checklists to better keep track of how students are progressing with identified fluencies.
With Grade 1 we made a video that focused on modeling to students how to play a fluency building games, how students should work collaboratively and also the mathematical language that they should use. Teachers also came up with the idea of creating a number grid that can be used with Base-10 Blocks…where students can place a ten in a row to know that they have ten of an amount.
Grade 2 teachers have been working on adapting lessons the get students “doing and talking” more., while working collaboratively. To better understand what students understand we performed using a formative assessment tool created using Google Forms. The focus was: Can the students use a ruler precisely and appropriately?
Additionally, in grade 1 we just completed our 2nd cycle of our adapted lesson study focused on incorporating small-group instruction and math centers. Teachers are doing some powerful reflections of how to structure first grade math for the 2016 – 2017 school year. Some highlights are:
- Have a clearer vision of what students should come in with from September from Kinder.
- Enhance the navigation through the program…take the meat leave the bones.
- Make an outline of different units and have a clear picture of what needs to be focused on.
- Incorporate flexible partnerships consistently.
Some other resources that we used were: