During our station-rotations, students login to Read 180/System 44 to complete individualized lessons based on their reading and phonics abilities. Last semester, this time was graded by adding up the number of minutes students spent working in the application. However, when I looked at the data, I observed that many students were not progressing through the lessons as expected. Some barely completed one topic in System 44 when they should be completing a topic a day! This is worrisome, because spending time in the student application is one of the best ways for students’ to work on individual skills. I made a change for this semester.
As explained in these directions and rubrics, this semester, students are being graded based on their ability to complete or master certain numbers of topics and segments. As you can see in the chart below, many students struggled to meet the new goals during the past four weeks. We have talked about this in class. Many students admitted to allowing themselves to get off-task when they were expected to work on these lessons. I suggested working at home to help catch back up, which some students did.
In the future, I hope students will put more effort into completing their lessons so their grades and reading abilities improve. If students want to improve their current grade for this assignment, they can complete extra topics and segments in addition to next month’s goals.
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