Determine the appropriate learning progression: Ms. Figueroa uses multiple data sources to plan and prepare activities and materials to meet a range of needs and personalize learning for students.
Student Choice During Literacy Rotations
Patrick Henry Elementary School
- 4%African American
- 88%Low Income
- 13%Diverse Learners
- 46%English Learners
- 17% Mobility*
How Student Choice Works in Ms. Figueroa's Class
Coach students in creating their schedule for the week: Students in Ms. Figueroa’s class use a template she created in Google Classroom to build their learning plan. It has space for students to enter their choices for each rotation every day.
Support students to build their learning plans: Ms. Figueroa teaches students to select an appropriate number and type of choices based on their individual needs. Not all students have the same number of choices or the same types of activities.
Establish a structure to support students: Ms. Figueroa uses four learning rotations; each rotation is 15-20 minutes in length. The activity in each rotation is fluid. Ms. Figueroa’s students may shift what they are doing partway through the rotation, or continue the activity into the next rotation. Ms. Figueroa’s activities consist of: a) team meeting with the teacher; b) reader response; c) independent project; d) online ELA program.
Meet with student teams to monitor progress: Ms. Figueroa divides her students into teams based on their data and needs. During literacy rounds, she meets with every team of students every day.
During team meetings, Ms. Figueroa checks on student progress and plans. She helps students plan how they will support each other.
Assist students to adjust pace and plans: As students become more autonomous, Ms. Figueroa allows them to choose what to work on, when to work on it, and where to work. Students may also change their pace or plans as their needs change.