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  • George Garza

    February 22, 2020 at 4:48 pm

    Hi Sara,

    I teach Freshman math, so have the benefit that I only need to plan one subject, but the person that taught me this strategy taught kinder and 1st for 20 years. From each of the unpacked standards, we have pre-assessments written, that allows me to group kids at the skills they need to work at. I give the kids the learning progression and everyday ask them to assess what know, what they are working on, and what skills they will need to pass the standard. I’ve got a group of activities and videos prepared for each skill, and give this to the kids via the equivalent of google classroom. Then I just pull each skill group aside for 15-20 minutes (we have 90 min. blocks) and give direct instruction and assess. I also have an online test they can take to assess themselves to move on to a different skill.

    I am a first year teacher, and at the moment I’m just trying to build systems and get myself organized. I’ll admit that what I’ve got right now isn’t as cognitively demanding as I want it to be, but I’m able to work with my kids where they are at, and I’ve been able to keep them moving, with many learners telling me that they are starting to enjoy math. I feel like one of the few things I’m doing well right now is helping kids where they are at.

    It’s a ton of planning up-front, but it’s WAY easier moving forward, as I’m able to just plan 1 or two new skills a week as the kids move forward. Good luck figuring this all out.