Contributed by Lynne Taylor
When I taught in the classroom, I was always on the lookout for a tool or technique that would help me find and fix my students’ skill deficiencies. Unfortunately, I never found one, so I just used a “try it” approach. In some cases, it worked, and in some, it failed. I regret not being able to find an approach that worked consistently.
enVisionmath2.0’s Math Diagnosis and Intervention System (MDIS) is exactly what I needed. Have you seen the Response to Intervention (RTI) charts that list all of the assessments in your Teacher’s Edition—even the performance and benchmark assessments? Have you noticed the RTI charts that list Review What You Know and reteaching pages too? The chart works the same way for all of enVisionmath2.0’s features. First, it identifies the assessment item number that students completed, and then under MDIS, it lists at least one page (sometimes multiple pages) to use with students in a particular troubled area. The letter denotes which booklet you will use, while the number denotes the actual Intervention Lesson for the teacher and page for students to use. Yes, I said, Intervention Lesson for the teacher! In the front of each booklet you will see that each practice page has a teacher page with notes and directions to do with your students. Remember, these students did not understand a particular concept, so they need some extra guidance. The teacher page makes your job easier by providing guidance. Then, after you have explained and done a few examples together, they can work on their own to complete the page.
But that’s not all you can do with this amazing feature. A Teacher’s Guide correlates to the MDIS as well, which details how to use it as a diagnostic tool. Basically, you give Form A of the diagnostic test for the grade level below the grade that your student is in to test his or her prerequisite knowledge for the current grade level. This helps you identify what the student’s troubled areas are if you believe he or she is not performing at grade level. If you have evidence and/or a strong belief that your student is performing two grade levels below the current grade, you could administer the diagnostic test for two grade levels lower. If you want to identify what skills the student already has in a certain grade level, then you would give the current grade’s test as a pretest for the year. Use Form B of the same test at the end of the intervention period to test the student’s skills and growth.
The Teacher’s Guide booklet includes a Class Record Form to record each student’s score on the test given. Make sure that you use the same grade-level record form as the test given. You can also use an Individual Record Form for those students who need extra help; it provides a way to easily track what the concerned areas are and which Intervention Lessons were used with each student. These are valuable to inform parents of their child’s progress, as well as to have the data needed to track students’ progress. You simply circle the item numbers that a student missed, and then you record the score. If the score is below the proficient score already listed, then you look to the Intervention Lessons to determine which ones to use with your student. These are listed for you in the column labeled “Intervention”.
The Class Record Form is also valuable, since it lets you quickly look at the whole class to see areas of strength and weakness by looking down the columns. This can help you determine small-group instruction to maximize your time.
Have you tried this amazing feature of enVisionmath2.0 yet? If you have, that’s great! If not, we understand that there are many resources to figure out. On the next assessment or Review What You Know that you assign, take a look at the chart and try out the MDIS suggestions. See how it affects your students’ ability to better understand and be ready to build on that acquired skill and knowledge.
Check out the My Pearson Training enVisionmath2.0 Differentiation tutorial for more resources on differentiation and intervention.