Yesterday, we finished Unit 5: Angles, Transversals, and Triangles by giving out the Essential Standards Test (EST), and 82% of the class met the standard. I have a feeling 2 out of the 5 students who scored a 2.0 or below could’ve passed if I had just been better in my time management. Students will be able to retake it during tutorial, so I think the chances of everyone passing are pretty high. Although it feels like I’m not doing a good job (and I’m actually probably not), it’s good to celebrate these scores, I think, at least to keep up my sanity.
Anyway, I’ve made 3 graphic organizers to help sum up the lessons, and the students were put into groups of 4 for the first time. Some enjoyed the change, but others enjoyed it a little too much…but anyway! Students were given instructions to fill out the graphic organizers as a group and were given approximately 10 minutes per sheet before coming together as a class. The sheets were given out one at a time; the class would preview a sheet, and a student from the group would retrieve a stack for their group.
There were some nice discussions going around in some groups, but they were a minority, as most groups didn’t work together very well and often did their own thing. Although I gave one person a job to make sure everyone was on task, it didn’t quite work as most forgot that job was given out.
Things to consider:
- Make jobs clear and give everyone in the group a job (facilitator, task manager, recorder, resource manager, and etc.)
- Have clearer written instructions prepared
- Should’ve sent that student out if they were constantly being disruptive
- Need a louder voice
- Continue to give the schedule of the day at the beginning of class?
Attached the graphic organizers and teacher’s notes version.