It can help teachers optimize the limited time they have with students in the current environment.
Do you remember, prior to COVID-19, when teachers spent six or more hours each day with students? In that model, teachable moments (where teachers could directly interact with and support student learning) were abundant. From study halls to classrooms to informal hallway chats, teachers had the time and opportunities to have a major impact.
Fast forward to today, where teachers have to engage with students virtually through Zoom and Google Meets. Students are doing a lot of work asynchronously—on their own or with the support of parents, friends, and others around them.
Content quality has always been important, but in the past, teachers were able to redirect and conduct the learning experience to avoid potholes where the content may be lacking. That is much more difficult to do in a virtual setting.
Teachers also need effective tools to help them answer the following questions:
Without these insights, teachers are flying blind, and the limited time they have to work with students isn’t optimized.
If a student has a bad experience with ratios and rates in 6th grade, his/her ability to do work in 7th and 8th grade is hampered. Conversely, if the content helps them fully understand the ratio and rate concept, then all future learning will be easier for them.
If students fall behind, we have to remediate, which is even more difficult to do in a virtual environment.
Students need high quality learning materials that help them engage and understand because they are going to be doing a lot of learning on their own.
As math coordinators and teachers, we should be asking for two things from our content:
In times like this, the right instructional content is necessary to give teachers the support they need to create powerful learning experiences for their students, whether in the classroom or remotely.
Peter is an educator with over 15 years of strategy, education, and product development experience. He led the redesign of a university, built new programs, designed curriculum, and worked within the classroom. At Carnegie Learning, Peter works with an amazing team that focuses on the development of leading edge student- and teacher-focused math products and services.Explore more related to this author
Students need high quality learning materials that help them engage and understand, because they are going to be doing a lot of learning on their own.
Peter LaCasse, Chief Product Officer, Carnegie Learning