There is a widening gape between the highest performing kids in my room and the lowest performing kids. We just finished our middle benchmark dibels testing and generally they did very well.
At the beginning of the year, I had:
11 Intensive children
4 Benchmark kids.
Now I have:
8 of my Intensive kids moved up, half of them went from Intensive to Benchmark, and 10 kids went from Strategic to Benchmark.
So for the last couple of days I have been adjusting and differentiating their centers and seatwork along the new data. Today about killed some of them. Based on the data from the tests I divided them into groups and gave out assignments that I thought they could do.
Yeah, we’ll have to make some adjustments. Some of them were totally lost with the new work, some of them could DO it, they just didn’t LIKE it. And it’s really interesting to see how they react to change and to new challenges. A couple of them just shut down, and didn’t even try the new stuff, and when I worked them through a couple of examples, it was clear that they had the necessary skills, just didn’t like it. Thinking is hard work and some of their little thinking machines have never really had to do much.
Hopefully, these changes will allow me to deal with small groups better, small group instruction has been pretty rocky with this class so far this year.