How I Use It
We have a math grant that pays for the i-ready program. I use it for RTI. While students are working on lessons in i-ready, I work with other students individually. Students are able to work on their level whether they are still learning to count or working on math above their grade level. Students weren't putting much effort into the lessons until I started having them write their name on the board for each time they got 100%. This small recognition boosted scores to where most students are getting 100% each day.
I love this product as a teaching tool. My planning time isn't used finding activities for students during RTI. I am able to focus on a lesson planning in other areas. I like that the students take a placement test and get to work on their level. Some of my 3rd grade students are still counting objects while others are adding fractions. I refer a few kids each year to the Gifted and Talented program which they have to test into. This program helps them to keep advancing and not be stagnant in their learning. They are able to be successful and test into the program where they will be challenged. I feel it is important for each student to have individualized learning and i-ready makes this easy for an educator.
I also assign lessons that correlate with what we are learning in class. This allows them to practice the skill in a different way on their way to mastery.