February 11, 2016
The students entering our classrooms come from more diverse backgrounds and bring a wider set of needs and abilities than ever in history. At KIPP Bay Area Schools, we use assessment data to help us determine what our students know and what they are ready to learn.
Being a 5th grader, doesn’t mean you are ready to learn 5th grade math. The graphics below show the reality of trying to teach 5th grade math. On the left, you’ll see a graphic that shows the grade level they are ready to learn. On the right, is shows what will happen when you teach fifth grade math to the entire class-many will be underprepared, some will be ready and the rest will be very bored.
These graphics could represent a majority of our nation’s 5th grade classrooms, and illustrate a universal truth:
Planning to teach 5th grade math, and preparing to teach the 5th graders in your math class are not the same thing.
Planning to teach 5th grade math is like running a 5k… You do your best to stay on the path and at an optimal pace. Preparing to teacher every student in your 5th grade math class is like running a Tough Mudder.