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  • What if a student's results go down on subsequent check-ins?

    Posted by Rebecca Thompson on August 1, 2019 at 2:35 am

    I am very excited to begin spiralling my grade 7 math course, giving students multiple opportunities to demonstrate mastery makes so much sense! However, what if a student achieves mastery on a check-in, but the next time they revisit the concept they don’t perform as well? Do you drop down that mark and whatever their status is at the reporting period is what you report to families? I may have just answered my own question, but I’m interested to hear the feedback of others.

    Kyle Pearce replied 3 years, 3 months ago 3 Members · 2 Replies
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  • Diane Davis

    December 7, 2019 at 2:39 pm

    Hey Rebecca! I have coupled spiraling with allowing students to correct their assessments and receive the points if they show understanding. I have noticed that without having one or two big “review days” to cram for an assessment, not all students score well. This doesn’t mean they don’t have a good seed of understanding, but they need more time. So I work with them or they get help to correct mistakes while we move on in class. 

    Also- I am expecting a possible lower overall achievement level (on state assessments) this year because I am learning LOTS about how to do this as I go along. I am not going to stress about it this year! I know this is a much better way to teach math and next year, my second time through, will really show it! 


    • Kyle Pearce

      December 9, 2019 at 7:23 pm

      Hi Diane! Sounds like you’re preparing yourself for the likely “implementation dip”! It is hard to bring new practice into your classroom and do it immediately well. Glad that you’re giving yourself permission while also being reflective to do your best in the process. So excited to follow your journey.