Ackerman's math team members Dave Gordon, Josh Nichols, Dave Purdy and John VanAcker conferred during their collaborative team time on Wednesday, December 2, reviewing student achievement and levels of improvement. Gordon shared charts he uses in the classroom for students to visibly see their progress over time. "I just want them to see their scores, and to see that they're going up."
The team agreed that their students are moving forward, but not necessarily as quickly as they'd like. "It's interesting when you get the students to the level you're looking for, but when you review the material later, their scores have dropped. How much review should we use and how often?"
This team, like others in the district, use this time to set SMART goals and assessments and then spend time weekly to check on student progress toward the goal. "What I like about this time is the ability for us to share our strategies and materials, to problem solve together. This is time teachers haven't had in the past, to be able to tap into others' resources that have been successful," said Van Acker.
Elsewhere in the building, another Ackerman team spent a portion of their team time exploring ways to manage their larger class sizes this year and still accomplish the academic goals they had set for students, which was focused on rules such as capitalization and punctuation. But, with 38 students in some of their classrooms, they agreed that the dynamics and learning environment has changed. The conversation turned to solutions. "How can we work together as teachers to solve the issues and focus on our instruction?" asked teacher Debbie Barber.
Pictured are math teachers John VanAcker, Josh Nichols and Dave Purdy.