The teaching and learning scenarios we will encounter this year will undoubtedly bring new challenges to our practice as educators. These experiences will also drive innovation through the development of new tools and strategies. At Carnegie Learning, we believe that you are the most important ingredient to learning. We recognize your unwavering commitment and the passion you pour into your classrooms and students. That’s why we remain committed to providing you with resources and services that support you in these efforts, even as learning models change and evolve.
The Carnegie Learning Math Solutions have always given you the freedom to teach your way. Write-in consumable textbooks, also accessible in electronic format, facilitate active learning to get your students to collaborate and engage with others, think critically, and gain a deeper understanding of math. MATHia, our intelligent, 1-to-1 math software, gives students an independent learning experience with real-time feedback and examples to show why they got a problem wrong and how to get it right. Now more than ever, we are here to support you in implementing our math solutions in your new normal and ensuring your students thrive.
Many of the elements you need to be successful are built into the Carnegie Learning program, including:
Teachers and administrators should continue to evolve teaching practices, leverage high quality materials, and still see significant learning gains in each of their students, even as learning modalities change and shift. We can help you make sure this happens!
Implementing Technology Tools to Drive Student Collaboration and Discourse
The first step is to determine the elements of teaching and learning that you want to maintain in the virtual environment. These should not materially change from the elements you were trying to instill in your face-to-face classroom environment. Collaboration, communication, conceptual understanding and procedural fluency are all things that can be accomplished in both virtual and face-to-face classroom environments.
The lessons in the textbook are well suited for synchronous in-person and virtual learning environments. These lessons are designed to introduce students to the topic, build on prior knowledge and deepen conceptual understanding. They can be leveraged in whole class, small group and individual instruction.
In a synchronous environment, teachers should leverage questions from the Teacher Implementation Guide to engage students and get them interacting with each other and the math. In a virtual environment, students can be broken into smaller groups and teachers can move between those groups before bringing students back together.
In an asynchronous environment students might need a little support doing the lessons. We have developed lesson overview videos that students can watch first to introduce them to the lesson. Often, teachers have students take pictures of their work (if they are working in a physical textbook instead of an ebook) and upload them for review. Teachers can spot check student work on the lessons.
To fully understand student learning, teachers can access the Talk the Talk and the assignments, which provide great insight on student understanding. Teachers should give the Talk the Talk a deeper review. When doing assignments, students can access LiveHint to get support in a virtual or in-person environment. This capability extends the teacher by providing contextual support.
MATHia is a key component of the learning experience. The formative assessment and support MATHia provides ensures that students learning virtually are getting a robust learning experience and teachers are getting valuable data about what each student knows or is struggling with. We recommend that teachers start by leveraging some of the synchronous learning time for MATHia so that students learn how to use it effectively and get the most from the learning experience. Teachers can access LiveLab while students are working to identify those that need more targeted support.
MATHia is specifically designed for students to work independently. It gives each student a truly personalized experience and has multiple supports built in to keep them on track:
Got questions about how to implement this? Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We’re here to help you and your students have an excellent school year.