Here’s how to assign targeted practice assignments:
1) Determine which standard you will be teaching and plan a lesson.
As with all math lessons, you first need to determine which standard and skill you will be teaching your students. Whether you base this information off unit plans or pacing guides, be certain that your lesson is based on a particular skill and standard.
2) Teach your students that skill in a whole group format.
Before your students log in to Front Row for a targeted practice assignment, teach the lesson you had planned. This way students will have some background information around the topic, reducing frustration and improving performance. If you are using targeted practice as a diagnostic assessment, then you can skip this step and have students show what they know about the topic without instruction.
3) Send assignments to students.
Login to Front Row and select "Assign Math" on your Teacher Dashboard.
4) Click the blue "+Add An Assignment" button.
5) Click the blue "Targeted Practice Assignment" box to assign a particular standard to your students.
6) Use the dropdown menu to pick the domain in which you are working.
If I just taught a lesson aligned with 4.NBT.2, for example, I would choose the Numbers & Operations in Base Ten domain.
7) Use the scroll bar to pick the standard that you just covered.
Note that all standards for all grades within the domain are listed. Once you have selected the standard, press the green "Continue" button.
8) Choose the students to whom you want to send an assignment.
You will notice ALL students are checked by default, meaning you will send the assignment to your entire class roster. Click on student names to unselect them from the assignment. You can also use the "Select All" and "Select None" buttons to choose students. Then click on the green "Create Assignment" button.
You will now see your targeted practice assignment listed on the Assignments page (in blue). You can see the standard you assigned, the short name for the standard, the date you assigned it, as well as students' progress on the assignment.
9) Have students log in to Front Row.
Students will log in to Front Row just the same way that they always have - with their first name, last name and class code.
10) Have students head to Assignments.
11) Students will see their assignments waiting for them.
Multiple assignments may be listed. Have students click the assignment to begin.
12) Students will have ONE opportunity to complete the assignment.
13) Students will answer 10 questions within the particular standard assigned.
Note that you don’t have to make sure students stop at 10 questions, the program will automatically do that for you.
Once students have answered 10 questions, the targeted practice assignment will end and they will return to adaptive practice within the domain in which they were working.
14) Check class progress on the assignment.
To check class progress on the targeted practice assignment you just sent to your students, click on the arrow icon next to the assignment.
You will see a list of students who have not yet completed the assignment, as well as a list of students who have already completed the assignment. This makes it easy to track the completion of the assignment!
Once an assignment is completely finished, meaning all students have completed it, it will be moved from the list of assignments and will be filed under the Recently Completed Assignments tab. To see a list of these assignments, click the "Show>" button. You will see each completed assignment as well as a link to the sessions tab to see how students performed.
15) Check student performance by clicking "Targeted Practice" on the left navigation bar.
When you view the completion progress for each assignment, you can click the green "See Results" button for a direct link to the assignment data. Alternatively, you can log in to your Teacher Dashboard, click on "Targeted Practice" on the left navigation bar.
Here, you will find information about the targeted practice sessions students have completed during the current week. You can see the date the assignment was given, the standard on which it focused, and the progress towards completion. Click the blue "View Report" button to see more information about the assignment.
You will notice that the dropdown menu at the top allows you to choose to look at targeted practice assignments only from that day or from the day before as well. With School Edition, teachers have more flexibility in the data they are able to look at. They can go back to the prior week, see data for the whole month or the month before, and even pick a custom day.
Assigning targeted practice assignments is a great way to track student mastery on a particular standard. These assignments can be used as formative assessments or quizzes to help inform what standards to reteach and to whom. They can help decide how to form small groups for remediation as well.