All right. I had a pretty great lesson last week and I'm proud of it; however, no matter how fabulous I thought it was and no matter how much work I did to organize it, it did not end like I thought it would.
Here's the basic outline:
Objectives: TDA--students will work to hone skills associated with Text Dependent Analysis using differentiated reading groups and grade appropriate reading levels by employing the Readworks.org software.
I used the MAP data to break the students into four reading groups. These groups are summed up here:
By creating these groups in Schoology, passages and questions in Readworks can be tailored and assigned privately. Each student only sees what he/she is working on.
Students are allowed to redo tests until they have a minimum of 80 percent.
After students have this review under their belts, they are assigned a version of the STATE TEST I recreated in Schoology. They will also be able to take this test until they have the score they desire.
#iPadAcademy Note: This level of differentiation would be extremely difficult maintain without the private group and grading features of Schoology. Using the two programs together, I can reach all levels in my classroom and remain confidential about levels and abilities.
The grades and rate of completion for this assignment are NOT in an acceptable range for my classroom. One of the major issues is that in the ReadWorks software, a student has to press submit on his/her/their test in order to have the response count. Even though I taught this concept and how to make sure it was turned in on two separate days (Thursday and Friday at the beginning of class), I still had many students fail to hit the submit button. This means that the functionality to grade their written responses was inoperable.
So, now I'm revising things to head into the next week. We will be forced to retry this assignment next week just to get the work submitted. It's going to eat into our Text Dependent Analysis essay lecture next week, but that's okay (especially since the curriculum for this quarter is very fluid).
I will post my corrections to this lesson as soon as I figure out what they are :-).
Thanks for reading.
I'm an 8th grade English teacher in Bellevue, Nebraska, and I'm excited about technology in the classroom.