1. What is your problem of practice in implementing a blended learning environment?
My problem of practice for my populous of students, IEP recipients, is that these students do not have math accommodations at home when away from the school setting, or when home during online learning due to COVID epidemic. This would also help them with schoolwork, for they could sign out these calculators and take them home when school is back in session. In addition, this could potentially increase test scores due to greater competence with using a calculator more frequently. Test scores this could increase are: ACT composite scores, MAP Testing scores, Diagnostic Examinations, and other exams. This could also give students more money for KEYS Money due to higher ACT composites and increased GP A’s. It is essential and documentally mandated that IEP students need their accommodations for math disciplines. Thus, this would be a great way to meet state compliance and accommodate our students.
2. What strategy will you implement this year to address the problem?
My strategy to address this problem is to implement students with the TIN spire CX 2 CAS Calculator. These graphing calculators cost $144.23 per unit and can perform a wide ray of functions. To cover math students in my resource setting, I requested 6 units which totals $865.38. These calculators will help students with computation issues and provide them their basic IEP accommodations outside of the school setting. When given these calculators, they will be able to sign them out for extended periods of time while being at home working virtually; be able to take them home after school hours for additional support when school returns to the classroom.
3. What resources and personnel do you need to implement your strategy?
Resources and personnel needed to implement my strategy is collaboration with resource math teachers and a data bank to input data. This can be done through programs such as Excel, Infinite Campus. Any form of data can be integrated in various forms of media to generate student growth.
4. What research question will guide your study of this innovation?
- Will this increase student learning?
- Will this increase student grades?
- Will this increase student test scores due to familiarity with a tangible?
- Will these help students transition to their next school setting?
5. What outcomes will prove that your innovation has succeeded?
Outcomes that will prove that my innovation has succeeded are: increased class grades, increased test scores, and student surveys.
6. How will you measure those outcomes?
I will measure these outcomes through Infinite Campus grade book, student testing results, diagnostic exams (Brigance Testing, MAP Testing, etc.), and student based surveys.
7. How can you be sure that any positive outcomes on these measures are actually due to your innovation and not something else?
Due to student data and input survey. Data will yield that calculators help with providing accommodations, and will push scores vertically due to increased student competence with navigating calculator devices. This will allow teachers to use video platform instruction showing how to use calculators. These students will then know what procedures they need to do when computing desired tasks.