INSTRUCTION

VIDEO BASED INSTRUCTIONAL STRATEGY FOR MATHEMATICS

A major stumbling block to graduation for many students is their failure in math. Because comprehension of mathematical concepts depends greatly on mastery of previous lessons, students who miss class may struggle to grasp newly introduced lessons. For example, a student who missed lessons covering square roots may have problems understanding Pythagorean Theorem.

Many hardworking students, both at-risk and mainstream, who struggle with math simply because of gaps in comprehension, may give up when they find themselves having problems with new concepts. In some cases, a student who is successful in other subject areas may drop out of school because of the frustrations caused by their difficulties in math. STATIS was developed for those students…those students in who even the mention of the word “Math” strikes fear. We looked for a number of ways to erase this fear and finally found a solution that we titled “Cyclical Instruction” which guarantees math success. Our solution will be familiar to many teachers. However, what we did was to automate it for use within traditional mainstream classrooms, at-risk programs, as well as for independent home study.

STATIS TEACHER-LED INSTRUCTIONAL PROCESS

In the following example, the teacher has opened the UNIT 1 LESSON 1 video and its associated formative assessment. Students can access the video from their personal devices or school supplied computers. The video can also be displayed on an electronic whiteboard for simultaneous viewing by the entire class. After viewing the video, students are administered the formative assessment. The collective results (67%) for the UNIT 1 LESSON 1 assessment are shown in yellow. Individual scores of the three students who took the test are shown in yellow and red next to their names. Yellow indicates 60 – 79%, while red indicates 0 – 59%

By clicking on the collective score of 67%, a teacher can see how each student did on each of the 10 questions on the test. (Students who passed the initial assessment move forward in the curriculum to the next video-based lesson.) The teacher can then use this data to administer individual, small-group, or whole-class remediation. Upon completion of remedial instruction, the teacher delivers a second diagnostic assessment to those students who failed the initial test. Assessment and teacher-led remediation are repeated as many times as necessary to ensure that every student has passed the test. This typically occurs after two or three cycles. As students’ results improve, the colors denoting this success changes from red or yellow to green on this report as well as on the principal’s and teacher’s EIS reporting system. Green indicates 80 – 100%.

Students have the ability to independently review lessons not yet taught. Teachers can make the videos available to students prior to when those lessons are scheduled to be taught. This allows students to be partially prepared when they enter the classroom for that lesson.

With STATIS’s automated system, teachers do not have to create lessons or tests, nor do they have to diagnose or grade papers. Targeted remedial instruction is available for use and delivery in the classroom by the teacher. The combination of video-based lessons plus teacher-led remedial instruction has shown to be a tremendously effective strategy for increasing student performance in math.

DISTRICT & PRINCIPAL EIS REPORTING MODULE

Within our response, we will show how the use of our real-time Executive Information and Reporting System provides academic oversight to principals and teachers never before available to them. Its use will also enable principals to have a positive impact on the academic program of both teachers and students. It will even enable a school's principal to provide such effective instructional advice to their teachers that their leadership role in the school will be substantially enhanced with minimal effort by them. Sounds impossible, but we can quickly demonstrate how this feature is easily applied by them.

The following screen shots show the individual real-time reports provided by the STATIS Executive Information System. They enable teachers and supervisory personnel to view real-time, up-to-date reports that clearly show the academic status of every school by creating a composite set of bar charts that contain the averages for every subject and every student for Math, English, Science, and Social studies. By clicking on a school name, the user can see the individual composite score for all Math (later we will provide subjects for English, Science, and Social Studies for all grade levels). Additional drop down boxes show similar bar charts for all teachers and students.