We have finished half of the year in our Teach to One math program pilot and collected feedback from teachers, parents and students. In reviewing survey responses, letters, emails, and information provided by teachers, there are both positives and concerns across all groups and schools.
What we learned is that students have benefitted from Teach to One’s individualized learning and innovation. Teachers have access to daily data about their students’ progress and appreciate TTO’s ability to differentiate math instruction for all students. Additionally, our teachers and students stated that they find value in the math advisory, teacher-led instruction, virtual instruction and reinforcement, and task portions of TTO.
We have also heard the desire for a better balance between teacher-led instruction and Teach to One to provide students a deeper understanding of mathematical concepts. Moreover, there are some concerns that students need more exposure to grade-level and foundational concepts before advancing to higher-level skills.
So what comes next? As a District we operate as a learning organization. We have heard from some about abandoning the program completely, and from others who would like to continue to improve the delivery of this innovative program. Taking all factors into consideration, the District will make changes to the program, beginning Jan. 9 for the remainder of the year, to strike a better balance between technology-assisted and teacher-led instruction.
Teach to One will be reduced to 50% of class time. The other 50% of time students will work with a teacher on the level of Eureka Math appropriate for them. Students are assigned strategically for their Eureka math instruction based on the results of a variety of assessments. This will prepare students to be on target to exit eighth grade having completed Geometry, Algebra I or eighth-grade math.
In order to ensure that students deepen their knowledge before moving to a higher level, we will provide more traditional instruction time and modified TTO programming.
Teachers and administrators developed a new schedule for their individual sites, and details about the specific schedule will be communicated by each middle school principal on Jan. 3.
This pilot process is an important one that allows us to identify the strengths and weaknesses of Teach to One for all students, so that we may make changes in a thoughtful, methodical manner. Thank you for your support and patience.
|Dr. Ayindé Rudolph