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Practitioner Expert Background

This practitioner has been teaching for six years in both American and International schools.  She has also been working at a summer school program for the past two years, and has used VersaTiles during that program for the past year.  She uses it regularly with a class of twelve students who just finished the fourth grade.  Most of the students qualify for free and reduced lunch, and they are from African American and Latino backgrounds.

Logistics

Training
  • Did not attend a formal training.
Set-up/preparation
  • Preparation consists of choosing which activity for students to do.
  • Ideal to use individually and in small groups. It can be important to observe students and make sure they understand the activities.

Student Engagement

  • Students love using the VersaTiles, and are usually enthusiastic to use them.
  • Students who struggle with attention and behavior stay engaged with the activities.
  • Students enjoy doing something active.
  • Students appreciate the immediate gratification of creating the correct pattern when they complete an activity correctly.
  • Colors and shapes in activity books help maintain students’ interest.

Content

Adaptability to instructor needs
  • VersaTiles can be used in many different ways, such as practicing skills.
  • Assessments are useful for determining students’ skill levels.
  • More advanced students can move on to harder questions while instructor focuses on helping the students who do not understand the material.
General skills taught
  • Basic phonics.
  • Cooperation when working with a partner.
  • Following directions.
Addressing diverse student needs
  • Tactile, students are always doing something with their hands.
  • Reaches many different kinds of learners.
  • Students of all backgrounds have enjoyed and felt engaged with VersaTiles.

Strengths and Challenges

Strengths
  • Motivational and engaging for students.
  • Appeals to different learning styles.
  • Teaches skills and concepts in an engaging way.
Challenges
  • This practitioner did not find any major challenges with using VersaTiles.


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