I now have ZONES all fully functioning in my classroom. So this is where the magic really happens in ZONES Math. ZONES Math gives you the amazing opportunity use student data to truly help students' learning.
Enter the MTSS Model - A Multi-Tiered System of Support. If you are not familiar with this model, each state has it's own "interpretation" of this. I think this brochure (even though it is from Florida) is a really great explanation of the model. Check it out here. They defines this educational model as:
This model is an amazing integration of the best practices used in the core curriculum, general education classroom (common curriculum, cooperative learning strategies, sheltering and scaffolding based on student need), and the interventions necessary to meet all students' needs.
Tier 1 Instruction - Universal Level
Tier II Instruction - Targeted Level
Tier III Instruction - Intensive Level
Why does this matter?
* The MTSS model is a requirement. If your school district has a plan in place to support this model - fantastic! However, not all schools have something like this in place. If you implement ZONES Math however, you will be able to comply with this requirement right in your classroom.
* It meets student need. Requirement or not, it is best for the students and their learning to individualize their learning as much as possible.
* You have the data - this is great to have for teacher evaluation purposes. Need to prove that you are teaching in an effective way? Need to prove you are integrating subject areas? Need to prove that you are differentiating? Need to open ended questioning? etc., etc. etc. ZONES has you covered
* You have the data - I know I just said that - However this specifically for student need. When you are faced with a student support meeting and need to show what interventions you have tried you have the evidence. You can show your Tier I teaching and can prove if it was effective. you can show your Tier II intervention and can prove with data if it was effective. You can also, in some cases prove that you have attempted some of the Tier III interventions and have the data if it has been effective. If a students has been involved in all of their Tiers, you also have a deep understanding of their learning abilities. This data proves invaluable if you are trying to have a student evaluated for special education services.
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