Using Multiple Sources of Data to Inform ELA Instruction & Grouping: ELA Online Assessments at a Blended Learning Elementary School.mp4

 
 
 
ELA Online Assessments at a Blended Learning Elementary School.mp4
Strategy Explanation
 
 
Strategy Explanation
 
 
 
Assessment & Data

Using Multiple Sources of Data to Inform ELA Instruction & Grouping

As a blended school, sometimes there is an overwhelming amount of data. Knowing how to use it and when is critical in making sure that the data is both purposeful and useful. Included is both offline (DRA, RAZ, and Interim Benchmark assessments) and online (iReady) assessments to inform instruction and make groups (guided reading, computer groups, and skills-based groups).

Strategy Resources (4)
Teacher Planning Resource
 
 
This is a tool used to calculate student behavior on a 5 point scale in order to identify behavioral trends for each student. Students start the day with a score of 5 points, whereby each mis-behavioral infraction reduces the total by 1 point. Student averages are used to identify students in Tier 1, 2, and 3 for the RtI behavior model.
Teacher Planning Resource
 
 
This is a tool used to analyze interim or benchmark assessments. This is useful in prioritizing what skills/standards to teach in whole group lessons, small group instruction, and one-on-one instruction.
Teacher Planning Resource
 
 
This document is used after an online diagnostic is given in order to analyze data and create actionable steps. Together with the blended learning coordinator, the data helps to inform trends in the classroom and creates next steps for the teacher in order to continue meeting the needs of students in their blended programs.
Teacher Planning Resource
 
 
This is a tool used to analyze interim or benchmark assessments. This is useful in prioritizing what skills/standards to teach in whole group lessons, small group instruction, and one-on-one instruction.
Teacher Planning Resource
 
 
This document is used after an online diagnostic is given in order to analyze data and create actionable steps. Together with the blended learning coordinator, the data helps to inform trends in the classroom and creates next steps for the teacher in order to continue meeting the needs of students in their blended programs.
Teacher Planning Resource
 
 
This is a tool used to calculate student behavior on a 5 point scale in order to identify behavioral trends for each student. Students start the day with a score of 5 points, whereby each mis-behavioral infraction reduces the total by 1 point. Student averages are used to identify students in Tier 1, 2, and 3 for the RtI behavior model.
Mark Montero
Aspire Titan Academy
Los Angeles, CA


 

About this strategy

Prep Time:
Long
Subject:
English / Language Arts
Grade:
Third grade
Similar Strategies
Whole-Group Instruction
Mystery Problem

This strategy is a biweekly problem solving investigation on recently learned content. Typically students will be given sample scanned answers that I have hand selected. These problems have been previously solved. Students meet on the carpet for the mystery problem reveal. We also cover what the goal of our session will be using a checklist/success rubric. They are then dismissed to investigate in teams. The students select manipulatives to discuss, develop an agreed upon idea, and critique which student(s) response they agree with/why. If a team finishes early they can work on they "Step ahead" which is harder differentiated task. Finally they use the checklist to self reflect if they were successful during the mystery problem session.

 
Instructional Closings
Math Journal

The Math Journal startegy is a closing sequence I use as an ongoing informal assessment at least twice a week. I typically collect at least five journals and respond back to students by writing positive praise and/or a question to have them answer about their answer. I will also conduct a quick visual check by walking around at the conclusion of a math journal session and place a sticker, grade, or smiley face on each student's journal. The Math Journal is a very open constructive tool students can use to develop their mathematical writing prowess and reinforce mathematical vocabulary. 

 
Routines and Procedures
Transition Time

Within my blended learning classroom, students transition between computers and their desks or the carpet at least twice during every class period. To ensure that we don't lose valuable time during these transitions, I have implemented a structured process to support my students in moving from one station to another. When it's time for transition, I call out the name of a station, and the students in the appropriate group call out their group's name, indicating to me that they know where they are going. As students rotate onto the computers, they know that they should walk counter-clockwise, starting from the scratch paper area to their work areas. 

 
 
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