I survive the first week of school! And as the very kiasu me, I have started my teaching. I am teaching students of two extreme ends (yes, again!) but I enjoy the challenge. This year, I wish to spend more time using data for assessment and feedback (one of the four teaching process in the pedagogical practices in STP).
Last year, I did but I personally felt that is done at a rather superficial area. There were perhaps too many gaps that I tried to cover all in the end , I covered nothing! This year, I need to be more strategic. Take a look at the data and focus the fundamental weak gaps I need to close (especially for my weaker kids). There are lots of holes to cover but I will need to choose the biggest hole to tackle first. After all, time and resources are finite.
So, for my academically-challenged students, I need to start covering their fundamental weakness in maths (e.g., place values) in the start of the year.
To start off this year, I have made use of Kahoot and Mental Sums to have a sensing of their weakness. Kahoot, again, has proven, to be a hit with the students. They simply enjoy it. But , enjoyment is just not enough. They need to learn from their mistakes.
So, in using Kahoot, I check for their understanding and provide feedback(teaching process) based on their weakness. Looking at the results, there are two major weakness that I need to address . The students are not able to :
(1) identify the tenthts
(2) convert fraction like 2/5 to decimal
So, on the next day, I focus on these two basic concepts and give them another Kahoot quiz. There is improvement in results definitely. For next week, I will still constantly review these 2 concepts while I embark on algebra!