Monday, February 10, 2014


I'm linking up with Jessica @ I {Heart Recess} for Mathematical Monday!  I am very excited about this post.  I've been working on it for weeks!  

My school district has wonderful helpers call, "Instructional Teachers On Assignment."  They are Teacher Coaches that help you analyze data, research effective instructional practices, and help you plan & organize lessons that meet the individual needs of you students.  Talk about differentiated instruction!  

Last month, my school's ISTOA spent 1/2 of the day helping my team dissect our Math Data, research effect instructional practice for reteaching/remediation.  Then she followed up with another 1/2 day with a "make & take" of the various TPT activities that we had purchased or downloaded for free, and a few activities that we put together ourselves to assist with differentiated math centers by Florida Benchmark/Standard.  
I have to remind you all that Florida is currently transitioning to the Common Core Standards.  In Grades 3-5 we are all working under a blended curriculum of both Florida Next Generation Sunshine State Standards and the Common Core State Standards.  This has been quite the challenge to blend both together.  

In order to make our instructional time more effective and to achieve more bang for our buck we had our students analyze their own individual data!  Once students analyzed their own data they knew which benchmarks/standards that they needed to practice. Talk about giving students a focus for their Math Workstations!  Take a look at what we did today!  

Students are working on analyzing their individual performance on a district Summative Math Assessment.

This is an example of one of my student's interactive learning side of their notebook.  I am able to print individual student reports by benchmark/standard.  Students see individual scores broken down by a specific benchmark/standard.  They are able to see if they have obtained mastery or not on a individual benchmarks/standards.  

Here is the Preview & Process side of the student interactive notebook.

 I teach both 3rd & 4th Grade this year, so we have two baskets that are color coded by benchmark/standard.  Students are to choose a benchmark/standard that they had to high-light in pink (< 60%)  from the basket to practice.  

Here is an example of a fractions/decimals activity!  

My students were just as excited as I was with this data analysis activity today.  I'll have to let you know how effective it is with actual remediation and improving test scores!  

I was hemming and hawing about how much work went into creating this lesson, but I have to be honest with you.  Today was one of the best lessons that I have ever taught during my 20 years as an educator.  Students were captivated by their own performance and goal setting.  They are determined to raise their own scores.  Talk about taking responsibility for your own learning!  

I have to warn you all! This is very exciting and contagious!  You just might get hooked!  Let me know if you are interested and I'll send you the interactive notebook directions.  

Happy Mathematical Monday!


  1. Their notebooks look great! I like the idea of them highlighting their progress-I highlight at the teacher and they set goals and reflect, but I like the visual better!

    1. Thanks Joanne! I will only have students high-light their reports after taking a district assessment from here on out. The Key won't change and they can refer back to it if they need to.

  2. I love this, Susan! I use a different form to analyze with my kiddos but I think the color coding will help for sure!

    1. I would like to see the form you use with your students Sam!

  3. Love this idea! Students can see their progress...nothing more motivating than that! I would be interested in the interactive notebook pages. My email is Thanks! :)

  4. I just found your blog! I would love to see your INB pages for this. My email is . I will be moving into a portable building next year. Any advice?