Mild, Medium & Spicy Groups: Mild,Medium,SpicyBookmarksforStudents.pdf

 
 
 
11414BookmarksforStudents.pdf
Student Handout
 
 
This is a page that is always bookmarked on my students' browsers. Whenever they are released to independent work on Chromebooks, they go to this page and find their day's practice organized and ready for them. Many times, their practice is assigned to them by their mild, medium, or spicy group.
  • Mild,Medium,SpicyBookmarksforStudents.pdf
Student Handout
 
 
This is a page that is always bookmarked on my students' browsers. Whenever they are released to independent work on Chromebooks, they go to this page and find their day's practice organized and ready for them. Many times, their practice is assigned to them by their mild, medium, or spicy group.
 
Assessment & Data

Mild, Medium & Spicy Groups

I group my students into three proficiency groups - Mild, Medium, and Spicy. This is a system of general differentiation that allows me to easily assign practice or even homework. Students know their level and know that the assigned practice is likely best for them. Their level is also assigned to them based on various factors, including benchmark assessments, formative assessments, and informal observations made in class on a daily basis. I encourage my students to challenge themselves to try a "spicier" level when they're ready. This gives students the flexibility to try harder material and excel at an appropriate and personalized pace.

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Student Handout
 
 
This is a page that is always bookmarked on my students' browsers. Whenever they are released to independent work on Chromebooks, they go to this page and find their day's practice organized and ready for them. Many times, their practice is assigned to them by their mild, medium, or spicy group.
 
Student Handout
 
 
This is a page that is always bookmarked on my students' browsers. Whenever they are released to independent work on Chromebooks, they go to this page and find their day's practice organized and ready for them. Many times, their practice is assigned to them by their mild, medium, or spicy group.
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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Stephen's Model Overview

In my school, students use a lab rotation system where they go to a computer lab for set amounts of time to work on online content through sites such as Lexia and ST Math.  In my own class, I also use a station rotation system, where groups of students spend time learning in different ways.  Online sites like Khan Academy and FrontRow help to differentiate the content, collaborative skills make learning social, and teacher interventions help me to address misconceptions. My students gain valuable digital and character skills while they manage their own learning.  My model has fostered perseverance and independence among my students that I know will help them to be successful in their lives.

Number of Students: 17 students per class

Number of Adults: one teacher; one paraprofessional (20 minutes per period)

Length of Class Period/Learning Time: 90 minutes with teacher; 90 minutes in Learning Lab

Digital Content/Ed Tech Tools Used on a Regular Basis: Khan Academy; Google Classroom; Google Forms; Front Row; ST Math (in Learning Lab); DreamBox (in Learning Lab)

Hardware Used on a Regular Basis: Chromebooks (1:1 ratio); SMARTboard

Key Features: station rotation; lab rotation; student agency;individualized learning paths

 
 
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