My second week of data collection was eventful. I think many of my students really welcomed the new strategies that I introduced to the class. Although I introduced a dual language math word wall, I wanted the students to understand that I want them to communicate in the language they feel most comfortable using. However, I did express my hope that all of them would again learn how to count to twenty in their native language. In fact, every day I give a student the opportunity to stand up in front of class and count to twenty using their native language. They can count by rote memory or read the words from the word wall.
This week I did a few informal classroom observations. I created some great activities for our learning objectives and walked around the classroom, along with the aides, to listen to the conversations that were taking place. I am happy to say that many of the conversations that I witnessed were task-related and the students seemed to be working well together. I am sad to say that there were a couple of students who seemed adamant about working together. It was like pulling teeth to get them to work cooperatively on any activity I presented to them. I tried to get them to understand that it is important for everyone to learn to work with other people in a group or as a team. I want to point out that this is the second pairing that these students have been put into. They were originally paired for the first six weeks based on last years MAPS scores. This second pairing was based not only on their most recent MAPS scores, but also their survey results. The students who are refusing to work together now were also refusing to work with their first partner in the first six weeks. Therefore, I believe these students are just reluctant to work with anyone and would rather try the work themselves. However, some of these same students are also continuously asking me for help whenever they are trying to complete an assignment independently. I am having trouble trying to find a way to fix this dilemma. Any suggestions?
Next week I will have some quantitative data to add to my data analysis. I will continue to create activities the students can use to work cooperatively. I am hoping my last week of data collection will be as beneficial as the first two.