|Never spoiled Sushi Plate|
Then, afternoon came. I couldn't stop thinking about another meeting with the district math coach. My anxiety level was getting higher as if I had already known it would not be going to be the same as the reading talk. While analyzing data from the MAP math test, we easily found out the population that is called "in the bubble". Students in the bubble are on or slightly below the grade level boarder line. I asked, "I wonder if there is some progress monitoring tool for math. As you know, Reading has a few." The coach Lisa sighed, "I know." We both knew there was a hard brick wall in front of us. Unlike Reading, Math is tricky because there are way more learning targets than five components that students are required to master before the next grade level. Specificity in the current state standards and upcoming Common Core State Standards are surely helpful to focus on mathematical skills. But when you think about monitoring learning (mastering) progress on "bubble students", it is extremely overwhelming for teachers.
Our discussion focus moved forward to what kind of tools, schedule, and human resources are possibly available. Well, the teachers' plate is already full of good stuff, almost spilling out of it. Think about it. If you spill the food on the floor, sadly it is a waste. How essential to keep only adequate amount of quality items on the plate! Teachers must feed them all before the food is spoiled. In that regard, I don't think I need more or new materials for now. I would like to chew and taste each of food items. Then my vision expanded the scene of the party that people enjoy. This is when the collaboration chimes in. Invite a team of teachers to discuss about food (instructional materials) we have. Party is always fun. Collaboration must work.