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INCREASING Math Learning Opportunities with Decreasing Budgets

Posted by Cindy Bryant

May 13, 2014 6:16:00 AM


I’ve known and worked with many school administrators throughout my career and I’ve found one thing you all have in common. You are always looking for the biggest returns on your investments in student learning. 


These are particularly challenging times as you continue to deal with the lingering effects of the 2007 – 2009 recession and the resulting budget cuts.  The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities reported last fall (Figure 1) that 34 states are providing less funding per student this school year than before the recession. Most schools can’t make up the differences and are forced to make serious budget cuts.

Due to increases in operational costs and required programs, many of the budget cuts limit the funds available for education reform efforts such as the following which would improve schools:

  • Recruiting, developing, and retaining high quality teachers
  • Decreasing class size
  • Extended learning programs
  • Providing quality instructional resources and materials

Schools need to produce workers with the skills to master new technologies and adapt to the growing complexities of a global economy.  It should be a time for increasing school funding and improving the quality of elementary and high schools.  But instead, it’s a time of deep education cuts that are likely to result in greater costs to our country in diminished economic growth. Now, more than ever, it’s important to spend your limited funds judiciously and wisely. 

LearnBop enables you to INCREASE opportunities for students to learn mathematics even with decreasing budgets. Not only is LearnBop budget friendly, it was developed to provide an optimal individual learning experience for every student and aid teachers in managing their day-to-day classroom routines.

Our step-by-step guided tutorials (Figure 2) help teachers with large classes provide one-on-one attention for all students. LearnBop helps extend overall instructional time as students can work on their own in the classroom, in the computer lab, and after school. The data reported to teachers, not only helps them identify student knowledge gaps but also provides teachers with feedback for self-improvement. 



Figure 2

The recommended resources and interventions (Figure 3) which can be used with the class, a small group of students, or an individual student are a huge time saver for the teacher in having to search for appropriate interventions to address student knowledge gaps.


Figure 3

Teachers can use LearnBop to impact student learning. I’ve written about some of the ways teachers can use LearnBop, including   whole Class instruction, formative assessment/using data, differentiating instruction, math interventions, or  flipped lessons.

Take the opportunity to try LearnBop yourself before spending any of your limited funds. Sign up your school for a free 60 day trial or individual teachers for a free 30 day trial! 

We value your feedback so we invite you to share your questions, comments, and suggestions about LearnBop or ways you’re using LearnBop to support students in learning mathematics.  Thanks!

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Topics: Teachers Using LearnBop, Differentiating Instruction, Implementing the Common Core, Resources, Teaching & Learning

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