Hey, everyone! I'm looking for some advice and just to vent! Lol! So, I teach 4th grade math, and we just took our most recent benchmark test (we take 3 per year). My students have shown a lot of growth, and (for once) my growth and averages were the highest amongst my team! My administration even commented on how much growth I had shown and how my averages were above the district, etc. Anyway, right before winter break, the other math teacher proposed that we move towards a guided math model. Rather than doing just whole group (because admittedly I was never getting to small group instruction, but I did lots of formative checking with each student, so it wasn't like they were being completely ignored or anything), we now would do 3 20-minute small groups per day and no whole group. We would still have an introduction to the lesson and a closure activity whole group, but that would be all and the rest of the instruction would be delivered in a small group setting. While students aren't with us, they would be practicing the skills independently. At first I was a little bit hesitant to jump into this because my students seemed to be doing great already, but I eventually obliged, agreeing that my high students didn't get the extension that they needed and my low students didn't receive the review that they needed. So each day for the last several weeks, rather than whole group instruction, they each got a 20-minute condensed lesson with me and practiced independently. Fast forward to now, we took our unit test, and my scores we HORRIBLE! I went from 85% mastery to 20%. My scores dropped DRASTICALLY. Now, I realize there are some variables to this. It's a new skill. We were interrupted from the beginning of the unit by winter break, and we have had a couple of snow days. But still. I feel like this isn't effective! I want to go back to my old method. It was working! I do agree with maybe pulling my lower kids more, or even every day. But, I am just so super bummed. When I mentioned it to my co-teacher, she thought we needed to give it another month to make a decision to really see how they do with it. ARGH! I'm screaming in my head. I want to be flexible and it's important that we are unified with what we do, due to the parental involvement at our school and the fact that they will talk among one another about it. But for lack of a better phrase....I don't wanna do this!!! I was successful for the first half of the year without this, this appears to be ineffective with my group, and I don't want to let them fall behind for another month. Rant over. Thanks for reading! Please let me know your thoughts.