Evidence Based Instruction

Evidence-based instruction includes reliable and valuable data obtained from your classroom. When you apply basil tests, unit tests, exit slips, and acuity assessments you need to collect the data from your classroom to organize your classroom groups. You should also use this data to decide who needs ASS or tiered interventions for certain areas. Instructional practices include the previously mentioned assessments.

Pretests for all units of instruction can also help you understand what your students already know and who is weak in certain areas. For example, a unit on main idea and details using passages can be difficult for some students. Running records will help to determine what reading level your students are on. From this data, you are able to place your students into their reading groups. After they are in their reading groups, you can determine from their acuity pre-tests, which skills that your students are weaker in.

It’s also about finding out which students can be enriched as well. Making these groups can guide your instruction for the unit. You can place students who are low readers and have trouble finding the main idea in one group, give them n activity where they are given the main idea (so they become familiar with main idea) and one or two details and have them find a few more on their own with guidance from the teacher. If it is an CIT class, the special education teacher can work with this group.

Another group may be given the main idea and have to find all details, and the higher readers may have to find both the main idea and the supporting details. Using these activities can help you to see who understands the lesson as it is going on, as well as who may need extra support. Quizzes, tests, post acuity tests can also provide much data driven evidence to support your completion of the lesson and if your students have mastered the skill. Researched-based instruction includes researching which techniques work for which students.

If it has been show through research from an organization, another school, or even a case study on another student, that reading poetry with repetition may help ELL students with language, then you may want to try that in your classroom if you have a student who is a struggling ELL. Scientific-based instruction is something that teachers use al the time in their classroom. Teachers are consistently assessing and evaluating students’ performance, creating and amending individual education plans, lesson plans, and reflecting on their practices.

As teachers, we should be doing rigorous research and building hypothesis to base further teaching practices on. During the program that I am in now Vive learned that for evidence based practices that you must have the access to evidences based- practices, be careful with fidelity, and to check the progress of the students. Today many teachers search websites such as Google to create their lesson plans. They do this because many teachers do not have time to sit down and look for the proper research that is needed. These lesson plans that they are finding may not be considered an evidence based instruction method.

There are many websites that have been made for teachers which have the proper evidence based programs that are needed for teachers. Next we have to be careful with “fidelity’, which refers to accuracy or exactness to details. Teachers want to be sure that their evidence based methods have strong outcomes from the students. It based program that they use by changing and eliminating steps, the students may not respond correctly to the evidence based methods. The most important step for evidence based is to assess the progress of the students.

The teachers must know the level of every student in the class. Every student has their own learning style based on their level. One important tool that teachers use to assess their students word is curriculum- based- instruction. “COMB is easy for teachers to be able to determine the effectiveness of the instruction. Curricular based instruction is based n assessments of mastery tests. For example a teacher will give quizzes based on the curriculum weekly or monthly. She is then able to get an overall understanding of where each student stands by graphing their progress.

If a teacher notices that the grades of the students are decreasing, she knows that she must find a different evidenced based that will work. The course that I found most helpful in regard to evidenced based instruction as Assessment. During my assessment class I learned about many different evidence based methods that could be used in the classroom. For example my professor had the class create sample quizzes based on the unit plan over 5 weeks. We were able to determine if the child was on the level that they should be based on their scores of the quizzes.

We were also taught many different forms of assessment, which were also used in the class that I am currently taking. One of these evidence based tests was the Hoop- Singer- Test of Phoneme Segmentation. This test had the children sound out the sound of each letter in a word. We were able to see if the child pronounced the sound of each letter correctly. The assessment methods are very importance to determine if your evidence based methods are working. If a majority of the students are doing poorly on these evidence based methods, teachers are able to know that they must find a better one.

During my practicum I got a chance to observe and use different methods of evidence based instruction. In the second grade class that I observed, the teacher used many different evidence based methods. One method was giving the class monthly reading tests. During these tests the students had to read a short question and answer four to five questions. Based on these test’s the teacher was able to determine if the students comprehension level, were able to write complete sentences, and their use of phonemic awareness.

Also at the end of the week the teacher would give a small math quiz that was based on the curriculum they learned throughout the week. She would model the first question, and then have the students complete the rest on their own. In the kindergarten class that I observed and taught in, there were many evidence based methods that were used. The teacher took some of the children who had trouble with reading while others worked independently. She would sit with a child one at a time and have the child read a book out loud.

She would help them pronounce words that they were having trouble with, and ask questions based on the story. She would then record everything that she observed in order to see their progress over time. I had a chance to work with the children who had trouble sounding out letters and sigh words. Every week I sat with these students and have them read and write different site words. Every week I wrote down what I observed and I was able to see how the students were doing over a period of time. I also got a chance to administer a math test that was based off of a month’s curriculum.

I read that they thought was correct. Based on the results I was able to notice that a majority of the students were having trouble with the same math problems. This means that the teacher must use different evidenced based instruction. It is very important that the methods used in the classroom be evidence based. If a teacher has the proper evidence based instruction practices and methods, the children will be able to do well. I think that it may be difficult to find the right evidence based teeth because every children learns differently.

Also some students are not good test takers, they may have full understanding of the material but do poorly on the evidence based tests. I think that it is hard to find one evidence based practice or method that will fit every child. I think that in my classroom it would be best to give weekly quizzes in the beginning of the year instead of monthly. I think that children will do better on these evidenced based tests if it is fresh in their mind. Once I am able to get an understanding of each child’s leaning style it will be easier to find the est. methods that work.

I also think that it would be best to split the class up into groups based on their level. I will be able to find evidence based that will meet the needs of each group. Evidence based instruction is important for every classroom. The students will be able to do well from evidence based. All teachers should follow the steps in finding and distributing an evidence based. I was able to learn and experience many different methods of evidence based methods during my practicum experience. I will now be able to use the methods that I learned in my own classroom.

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