Whole Group Exploration: Whole Group Exploration

 
 
 
Whole Group Exploration
Students In Action
 
 
Students In Action
 
 
 
Whole-Group Instruction

Whole Group Exploration

Whole Group Exploration is a form of whole group instruction where we work with conceptual models to understand the algorithm behind solving math problems. Students work with whiteboards at the carpet as we discuss and work through a series of problems that build and understanding of our skill. As students successfully prove that they are ready to work independently, I dismiss them to their seat with our practice, keeping the students who need additional support to go through more practice problems. This strategy allows me to give more support to students who need it and release students who are ready to excel.


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Student Data
 
 
In class, I try to personalize practice as much as I can. Thus, I use data from online learning programs (such as Khan Academy) to customize the pace at which students can work. This tracker shows the progress that students made with this skill, informing both my pacing in my lesson as well as my ability to release certain students to work independently as I know their level of comfort with the skill.
 
Student Data
 
 
In class, I try to personalize practice as much as I can. Thus, I use data from online learning programs (such as Khan Academy) to customize the pace at which students can work. This tracker shows the progress that students made with this skill, informing both my pacing in my lesson as well as my ability to release certain students to work independently as I know their level of comfort with the skill.
Stephen Pham
Rocketship Si Se Puede Academy
San Jose, CA


 

About this strategy

Prep Time:
Long
Subject:
Math
Grade:
Fifth grade
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Routines and Procedures
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