Here’s the short version:
- Everyone who wrote the Final Examination passed
- One student dropped out of school mid-semester
- One student was not successful
I didn’t quite meet my 100% pass rate, but it was very close.
Firstly, here is a comparison of Diagnostic Grades vs Final Grades:
The Diagnostic scores were based on a combination of Grade 9 Final Grades and some diagnostic/observational data at the beginning of the semester. The distribution is clearly moving to the right, and the class average has increased from 59.5% to 70.4%… impressive!
However, it’s this graph that I believe is more telling:
This graph is clearly showing the increase for all students but one (and Student T dropped from a 63% to a 62%). Nine students’ overall grade increased by over 10%, five of whom had increases of over 20%! The highest was Student G who went from a 53% to 81%! Wow!
I attribute this success primarily to Spiraling.
Having worked with these students for the past five months, I can also conclude that a lot of them learned more than Math. A lot of them gained some confidence in their ability in Math. Some overcame a degree of test anxiety. A lot of them took ownership of their learning and became leaders. Many learned to collaborate.
No, I am not saying that I ended up with a room full of model students, but they sure came a long way. I’m very proud of them.
As I was administering my other exams, it occurred to me that for my MBF3C class, their exam was their first assessment that contained a blended curriculum. All assessments that they had written were based on one unit of study… so no wonder they find it challenging! My MFM2P class had technically already written three exams previous to the Final Examination, so there was significantly less anxiety for them… and the results proved it.
I think that I’ll be teaching MFM2P again next year, but in Semester 2. There is absolutely no question that I will be spiraling it again, only it will be better this time since I’ll be able to start spiraling from the beginning of the semester. And I’ll know what I’m doing this time 🙂
I know that I’ll be teaching MPM1D next year in first semester, and I am definitely going to spiral it (I will not be blogging about it!). I am also teaching MBF3C first semester, and my plan is to develop a 3C spiral curriculum over the summer (with help!) and test drive it (I am hoping to blog about it). At this time I am also timetabled for MPM2D, but I’m not yet sure if I will spiral this course as well. I still have to give this more thought.
So thanks for reading my blog! I must give thanks again to Mr. Chris Hogg for all of his support, the support of my Principal, and I must also give credit to:
- Mary Bourassa
- Jon Orr
- Alex Overwijk
- Solve Me Mobiles
- Estimation 180
- Visual Patterns
- Which One Doesn’t Belong?
- Would You Rather
But most of all, I must give thanks to my students for buying in, and also for putting up with me for five months! Have a great Summer!