Small-Group Instruction

# Small Group Intervention

This strategy is a small group guided instruction, or in student friendly language, team time with Mr. Esparza. A group of 3-4 students is pulled as other teams are conducting a differentiated math investigation. Students are given a selection of materials to create models and formulate ideas. We work as a collective to identify our misconceptions by asking ourselves questions, explaining why, and checking for understanding. As a scaffold, students use hand signals and our learning goal success rubrics to check themselves for understanding throughout the process.

Strategy Resources (3)
Teacher In Action

Teacher Planning Resource

When my students learn about fractions in 2nd and 3rd grade, we create these fraction grids to conceptualize the numerator and denominator of fractions. Each student in my class creates one and keeps it inside a sandwich bag inside their desks. Students may refer back to it at any time.
Teacher Planning Resource

The fraction strip is a hands-on manipulative that students use to create models of different fractions by folding and then cutting rectangular strips into varying equivalent sized folds to investigate what fraction they can create. The strips are printed on different color paper so students can create and order various sized fractions from smallest to largest or vice versa.
Teacher In Action

Teacher Planning Resource

When my students learn about fractions in 2nd and 3rd grade, we create these fraction grids to conceptualize the numerator and denominator of fractions. Each student in my class creates one and keeps it inside a sandwich bag inside their desks. Students may refer back to it at any time.
Teacher Planning Resource

The fraction strip is a hands-on manipulative that students use to create models of different fractions by folding and then cutting rectangular strips into varying equivalent sized folds to investigate what fraction they can create. The strips are printed on different color paper so students can create and order various sized fractions from smallest to largest or vice versa.
Freddy Esparza
Los Angeles, CA

Prep Time:
Long
Subject:
Math
##### Similar Strategies

Every Friday we meet to discuss a topic around character development and 21st century skills. This is a vital classroom practice in my class. Because blended learning is so high paced and intense, students need support as not only learners but people as well. Students transition from their seats to prepare to watch videos or form a circle around the perimeter of our carpet. Our council pieces are brought out. Council pieces are small items that both the students and I have brought which hold major meaning to us. Once we meet, the only person who can speak is the one holding the council piece. We begin by making a dedication to someone in our life or someone we have beeng thinking about. At the end of the dedications, we begin our council. The talking piece is passed around and all students share their thoughts or may pass. Sometimes we will bring an on-demand journal to share, or students may respond to a posed question.

Feedback Systems

I use weekly Data Chats with my students as a powerful way to motivate and encourage them. The strategy allows us to celebrate successes and identify challenges. When analyzing data from the blended programs, I work hard to identify what my students should know (i.e., what data to pull out and share with students) and to give my students the appropriate next steps for improving their scores. In each Data Chat, I try to gather student input on what's challenging them and to have my students articulate the strategies that work for them.

Stakeholder Collaboration

At our blended school, we value data in all forms, whereby we seek to meet both the academic and behavioral needs of our students. In the elementary school setting, where we assess reading levels every six weeks, we also assess student growth and mastery in each studentâ€™s blended learning every quarter and assess behavioral trends on a monthly basis.