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“Tweaking Project MORE for Students in Grades 6-8” By: Jessica Anderson Project MORE Coordinator Gahanna Middle School East. May 20 th , 2013. About GMSE . Building of 550 students grades 6 th , 7 th and 8 th 14.4% Economically Disadvantaged 16.2% Students with Disabilities

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“Tweaking Project MORE for Students in Grades 6-8”By: Jessica AndersonProject MORE CoordinatorGahanna Middle School East

May 20th, 2013

about gmse
About GMSE
  • Building of 550 students grades 6th, 7th and 8th
  • 14.4% Economically Disadvantaged
  • 16.2% Students with Disabilities
  • 2011-2012 “Excellent” Rating, AYP Met
  • Value Added Met for 6thand 8th Grade Reading
  • “Above” Value Added for 7th Grade Reading
  • Central Ohio school, located in a suburban area
project more at east
Project MORE at East
  • Began in February 2011(third school year)
  • 2012-2013 we had 25 students in the program
  • See gains of three to five levels annually
  • Program runs from Mid-September until week before OAA
  • Program Materials are kept in a central location
  • Sessions take place in 4 different areas of the building
what s the problem
What’s the problem?
  • Older students reading lower-level interest books
  • Motivation with students (repetitive)
  • Pull-out program, away from peers
  • Coordinator cannot be in two classrooms at once!
  • Students are unaware of progress
older students reading lower level interest books
Older Students Reading Lower-Level Interest Books
  • Problem typically with 7th and 8th grade students
  • Use “Hi/Lo” books with students who choose to focus on provided Reading-Tutors Material
  • Allow last 5 minutes of each session to work on something outside of class.
  • 8th grade – allow to skip game and develop conversations with mentors
  • Choose more non-fiction texts
motivation w ith students repetitive
Motivation with Students (Repetitive)
  • Middle School students quickly become bored with the repetitiveness of Project MORE.
  • Re-reading book: Ask students to complete some extended response questions. If they are detailed and correct, they do not have to re-read the book. If not, they are expected to read-read.
  • Change-up steps by day to add variety (example: play game first)
  • Candy, front of the line lunch passes, stickers (yes, MS students love candy and stickers!)
pull out program
Pull-out Program
  • Project MORE is completed during a 30 minute grade level intervention time. MSE provides separate classrooms during intervention time for Project MORE
  • During intervention time, Channel One is played in other classrooms
  • Our Project MORE students feel like they are missing out, especially since other classrooms do not have interventions (typically socializing or silent reading time)
pull out program1
Pull-out Program
  • 6th grade PM area is located within the 6th grade classrooms, so our students don’t feel so left out
  • 7th and 8th grade were held in different rooms, away from their peers
  • Mentors were “hunting down” their students, trying to get them to attend sessions
  • 7thand 8th: Right before lunch, so they always want to leave early!
coordinator cannot be in two classrooms at once
Coordinator cannot be in two classrooms at once!
  • Trying to keep small environments for maximum learning (fewest distractions)
  • One place to store materials that all mentors can access
  • Need for a teacher to be present at all times
  • Our 2012-2013 schedule allowed for an 8th grade teacher to monitor one 7th grade classroom
  • A 6th Grade IS teacher helped monitor one classroom
  • I floated between all classrooms once sessions began
  • Sessions from 11:08am-12:21pm – non-stop moving, assessing, conferencing and planning
students are unaware of progress
Students are Unaware of Progress
  • How can students take ownership of their progress?
  • Do students truly know how much they have gained (benchmark levels, fluency scores)?
  • Will sharing data motivate students?
changes for 2013 2014 school year
Changes for 2013-2014 School Year
  • Project MORE Coordinator and the OTES
  • How does this impact you?
  • Do you meet linkage requirements or are you writing SLOs?
  • Instructional Planning versus Implementing Instruction
  • LLI+ program in addition to Project MORE
  • Our goal is to relieve stigma from older-age (7th and 8th grade) students
example of 2013 2014 coordinator schedule
Example of 2013-2014 Coordinator Schedule
  • 8:45-9:30
  • 9:32-10:25
  • 10:25 – 11:08
  • Working with At-Risk Students. One class period will be a conference period
  • 11:08-12:21 – Project MORE/LLI+ Sessions
  • 12:21-12:40 – Lunch Duty
  • 12:40-1:09 - LUNCH
  • 1:09-1:53 – 6th Grade Study Hall Intervention
  • 1:54-2:40 – 8th Grade Study Hall Intervention
  • 2:41-3:30 - 7th Grade Study Hall Intervention
  • End of Year Celebration Breakfast
  • Invite participants and their parents and mentors
  • Menu: Store bought donuts, milk, OJ and Panera Bagels. “Tote” of Coffee for adults (Panera includes cups, stir sticks, creamer and sweeteners)
  • Use PM provided certificates
  • Personally acknowledge each student and mentor
  • Purchased each student a book of his/her choice or a $5.00 GC to Barnes and Noble
changes to breakfast
Changes to Breakfast
  • First year to invite parents
  • Emailed and Sent home printed invitations
  • Requested RSVP’s from mentors, students and parents
  • I knew everyone involved, so it helped with acknowledgements
what i heard
What I heard…
  • “My child has never enjoyed reading. He just asked me to take him to Barnes and Noble to purchase more books. Thank-you!”
  • “I don’t know what you are doing, but my son has never stayed focused on anything, especially reading. I have never seen him so proud of what he is accomplished or this excited about school.”
goals for next year
Goals for Next Year
  • Quarterly conferences with students in order to share data and progress
  • Pizza party for 8th grade mentors
  • Continue with celebration breakfast
  • Motivational “treats” for all mentors
  • Establish a fluid relationship with Project MORE and LLI+
  • Possibly continue sessions past the week of OAA in order for more students to fully complete the program