Assessments are flexible in that groups of tasks can be asked in different settings to allow for efficient one-on-one assessing of a whole classroom of students. Assess students periodically throughout the year. Data is used to: organize small groups, identify students strengths to build skills in areas of need or guidance on ways to deepen knowledge in students with all around mathematical strengths.
In kindergarten through third grade, assessments gauge the development of grade level standards with understanding and strategy development.
In fourth through fifth grade Add+VantageMR® assessments identify strengths and areas of mathematical misunderstandings to develop in order to understand more advanced grade level content.
Teachers gain a common vocabulary and a common awareness about the development of number.
Developing Professional learning communities around topics such as task selection to facilitate mathematical connections and understanding, student understanding, instructional sequences within curriculum text, development of standards in number and operations.
Instructional decisions and student learning tasks are chosen to be at students' level of understanding making differentiation a reality in the classroom.
A strength of the Add+VantageMR® course is the focus teachers are able to place on knowing a sequence of learning number and operations. Teachers use one-on-one assessment to observe and listen while students solve problems to better understand their current thinking.
Based on assessment analysis, teachers are able to target instruction in whole class or smaller groups. Math Recovery® exemplary instructional tasks are used in conjunction with district curriculum materials to focus on a conceptual understanding of mathematics which reaches beyond mathematical procedures.
When teachers know a sequence for learning about number, counting, addition, subtraction, multiplication and division, they are empowered to make instructional decisions that are right at a students’ current reach to move to the next level of understanding.
Beyond the Classroom
Many times parents and volunteers want to help students with mathematics skills, but are unsure of ways to teach those skills beyond using flash cards. By sharing Add+VantageMR® tasks beyond the classroom, students can learn mathematics skills in meaningful ways that are based on making sense of numbers.
Once classroom teachers collect data in the area of number and operations for all students in the classroom, instructional tasks are specifically chosen to advance students understanding. It is common to have the immediate classroom extended beyond one classroom teacher to include co-teachers, educational assistants, parents, and volunteers.
Add+VantageMR® instructional tasks and activities can easily be shared with families as ways to practice number and operations at home. Educational assistants and classroom volunteers can learn how to use tasks to further develop students understanding in meaningful ways.
Add+VantageMR® in the Elementary School
Add+VantageMR® is powerful when used across the whole school. First, a common language develops within and across grade levels that allows educators to have common conversations about the learning of mathematics in ways that focus on student understanding.
Assessment data is used across district programs. Add+VantageMR® allows for informed co-teaching and collaboration with Title-I and Special Education educators. Students are learning using the same instructional methods, but those methods become more focused when used by co-teachers in classroom and pull out settings.
At the end of a school year, data can be shared with the next grade level to begin a new year having an initial place to begin assessment and instruction. When assessments are used across grade levels and across services, teachers can easily focus assessment questions thus making one-on-one assessment manageable for all teachers.
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