It’s that time of year again. You know – the days are getting longer but it seems as if there’s less and less time to get things done. There are so many things to do with the end of school lurking around the corner – corralling rambunctious students, planning lessons, attending faculty meetings, planning field trips, and oh yeah, making sure your students are prepared for end-of-year assessments. Needless to say your plate is full!
As crazy as it may sound, now might be just the time to try something new in your classroom. Something that could help you manage the daily demands of teaching during this frenzied time of year, but more importantly help your students to learn the math concepts and skills they need to learn and to help ready them for end-of-year assessments.
So before you totally flip out over your daily to-do list, consider flipping your instruction. You know where the traditional order of your lesson is flipped. Students are first assigned a lecture, presentation, and/or video that explains a concept or procedure that they watch or do on their own and then they work on assigned problems that align to the concept(s) that they’ve learned about.
It’s easy to think about flipped instruction when you use LearnBop together with one of our partners like LearnZillion. LearnZillionis a free site that provides video lessons with conceptual explanations of the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics (and ELA) in grades 2 – 12. The videos can be searched by topic, grade level, strand and standard. So it’s easy for you to assign different concepts/standards videos based upon a student’s individual learning needs.
Once a student has watched the assigned video(s), have them complete the LearnBop assessment that is aligned to the same concept/standard. Students are guided through the problems, using automated tutoring, complete with hints, visuals, and videos to help them learn and understand concepts. In addition, you get real time data that helps you quickly assess student mastery and identify knowledge from prerequisite concepts within and across grades for each individual student. You can even rotate students so that some are watching videos, while others are working on the assessments.
For example, say you wanted to flip a lesson addressing concept “6.NS.B.4-2, defined as: Students will be able to use the distributive property to express a sum of two whole numbers 1–100 with a common factor as a multiple of a sum of two whole numbers with no common factor.” You’d begin by assigning students the LearnZillion video listed in the table below that provides an explanation of the concept. Then students would complete the LearnBop assessments, like the one below that you’ve assigned to them aligned to this concept.
You then get real time data that helps you quickly assess concept mastery and identify knowledge gaps from prerequisite concepts within and across grades for each individual student. Video links are provided for prerequisite concepts that can easily be assigned to students to help them learn and understand prerequisite concepts.
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