If student progress slows, you need to improve or increase practice.
Students need to practice daily to develop math fact fluency. When students are seeing regular success in Rocket Math, they are motivated and want to do Rocket Math every day (if not more.) This is how it should be. Students love Rocket Math when the implementation is being done well enough so they are passing every few days. If they start to complain about doing Rocket Math, then something is amiss–because they aren’t making enough progress to be motivated. You need to correct your implementation BEFORE that happens.
Students should pass a level in no more than 6 days. That’s the reason there is room for only six “tries” on the Rocket Chart. If any of your students are going beyond six “tries” without passing, there needs to be an intervention.
When students don’t pass regularly, they get discouraged. Teachers need to intervene to help students make regular progress. They don’t need to find a different way to practice like flashcards or something else. They just need more practice or better quality practice. For any student who is not passing in six days, the teacher or parent needs to either improve the quality of their practice or the amount of their practice–or possibly both.
BETTER: Intervene to improve the QUALITY of practice.
- Is the student saying the whole problem and the answer aloud and loud enough for the partner to hear?
- Is the partner correcting hesitations and correcting the right way?
- You might have to change a struggling student to be paired with a more conscientious partner.
- You might have to re-teach your class how they should be correcting hesitations- by requiring them to MODEL the correction procedures.
- You may need to explain how important correcting hesitations is, and why it is helping your partner, not punishing him or her.
- You might have to reward or recognize students who actually do corrections the right way with public praise or points or tickets, etc
MORE: Intervene to increase the QUANTITY of practice.
Some students need two practice sessions each day, what football teams call “2-a-days!”