Every student deserves to move a little bit further than they were the day before
The Woodlands, Texas (PRWEB) February 27, 2015
While many school districts are trying to shift from traditional "teach to the test" strategies that rely heavily on paper-and-pencil tasks, worksheets, whole-group instruction, homework, and repetitive memorization techniques, several Texas schools in Aldine ISD; Brazosport ISD and Alvin ISD; decided to train their math teachers to utilize a differentiated classroom instruction model called Tabor Rotation.
The results included a 1st grade class doubling the state passing rate, a 2nd grade class increasing scores over 100%, and a 6th grade teacher who recorded a new district high STAAR score in only her second year of using Tabor Rotation. Several schools in Alvin ISD enjoyed a three year, year-over-year improvement in math scores with a 7th grade math teacher, Charles Bucher, named 2014 Teacher of The Year.
Glenna Tabor, the creator of the Tabor Rotation framework, said; "What I truly find amazing is that the improvements in testing results and increased scores were seen in all academic levels including at-risk, on-level, and the highly able. Some students, who had been performing "well" historically, have gone on to achieve the highest scores in the district. This is why we say that Tabor Rotation does truly deliver differentiated results across all student performance profiles”.
The focus of Tabor Rotation is reportedly to instill more meaning and value to the math content itself by providing teachers techniques that enable them to better manage and assess multiple groups within the classroom on a daily basis. Teachers report students are much more engaged throughout the class period as any one day's math class will focus on the core content and concepts by using technology, stations, games, discussions, and guided small-group interaction instead of a traditional whole group lecture/worksheet, follow-up dynamic.
According to the Tabor Rotation website, Mrs. Tabor developed the Tabor Rotation Framework during her time as a Classroom Math Teacher in the 1990s. After extensive research on the most effective teaching techniques, she molded these into a weekly teaching framework where current state standards and curriculum could be dropped into the program seamlessly. By developing the framework to include the essential teaching elements, teachers who learned the framework no longer left anything out of the instructional process. In 1997, she started Glenna Tabor Consulting and began speaking and training throughout the country. Mrs. Tabor has worked and presented on Tabor Rotation alongside other colleagues and respected theorist including Jay McTighe; John Brown and Robert Marzano. For more information and to contact Glenna Tabor Resources please go to http://www.taborrotation.com