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Reflecting on Your School Year

Posted by Crystal Arrington on 4/21/22 5:44 PM

As the school year comes to a close, you may be wrapping up testing, mapping out how to pack your classroom, and thinking of your summer plans (woo hoo!). Before you run off into the warm sunshine of summer, take some time to reflect on the 2021-2022 school year. You’ve tried new strategies, added new activities to your repertoire, or decided to adjust your class norms. Whether you kept your “tried and true” or chose a new path, it may benefit you to think back on what worked for you through the school year.

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Topics: Teachers

Knowre Math Announced as a Finalist for the EdTech Awards 2022

Posted by Crystal Arrington on 4/12/22 2:49 PM

Knowre Math has been named a finalist for The EdTech Cool Tool Awards 2022 in two categories: ‘e-learning, blended, flipped solution or remote solution’ and ‘math solution. This has been announced to a worldwide audience of educators, technologists, students, parents, and policymakers interested in building a better future for learners and leaders in the education and workforce sectors. 

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Topics: Knowre News, Awards, Education Technology

Celebrating Math and Statistics Awareness Month

Posted by Crystal Arrington on 3/25/22 2:06 PM

Math and Statistics Awareness Month began as Mathematics Awareness Week in April, through a proclamation by President Regan in 1986. It extended to Mathematics Awareness Month in 1999 and was renamed Math and Statistics Awareness Month in 2017. The focus has always been to communicate the importance of mathematics to a larger audience.

As we enter April, let’s participate by promoting awareness in school and the community. There are a multitude of activities that can be coordinated to have fun and be informative. Students may not always be eager to dive into mathematics, but here are some activities that could brighten their perspective:

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Test Prep

Posted by Crystal Arrington on 3/7/22 9:33 PM

Amid the many changes that COVID has brought to education, you don’t want your students to feel leery of upcoming testing. You want to make sure that you have a plan in place to make sure that your students can put their best foot forward, but also make sure that they are not stressed out.

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Literacy in Mathematics

Posted by Crystal Arrington on 1/27/22 3:58 PM

When we mention reading and writing, English and Language Arts classes usually come to mind. However, literacy is a staple in all subject areas. It is necessary for students to be able to effectively communicate their understanding and mastery in all subjects. As a teacher, I was guilty of not always giving my students the opportunity to practice reading and writing in math class. Think about it: we may ask students questions we think they can solve, but find that they are at a standstill when it comes to answering. This is not always due to the students’ lack of understanding, but their inability to effectively communicate what they do know. By providing opportunities to practice communication through reading and writing, we are helping our students effectively show their understanding and make meaningful connections to their learning.

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Solving Word Problems

Posted by Crystal Arrington on 1/3/22 5:06 PM

Imagine this: You have just finished a lesson on adding and subtracting fractions. Your students have done a phenomenal job with computing given addition and subtraction problems. However, when it comes time to do word problems, they do not have the slightest clue where to begin.

As a middle school math teacher, I had this very same issue. My students did an amazing job with solving one- and two-step equations, but when it was time to do any word problems, their confidence disappeared into the ether.

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Common Skills Gaps for Students in Grades 4 through Algebra 2

Posted by Bara Levitt on 10/27/21 9:34 AM

Each new school year students enter into the classroom with gaps in their prior knowledge. The challenge of how to address those gaps, while simultaneously introducing students to new grade-level standards, is a difficult balancing act.

Many Knowre Math students start the new year off by taking Knowre’s Ready? Check. Go! (RCG) diagnostic. The RCG was created to identify incoming skills gaps by giving students a chance to show what they know on key topics from the previous year (ie. 7th graders take a Ready! Check. Go! focused on 6th grade math skills).

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Topics: Students, Classroom, Formative Assessment, Student Success, Teachers

Teaching Students How to be Reflective Learners

Posted by Bara Levitt on 10/4/21 7:02 PM

I spend a lot of time talking with teachers about data. Data is at the core of much of what we do at Knowre and it is also at the core of how many of our teachers make instructional decisions in their classrooms. 

In most classrooms teachers are the primary collectors and analyzers of data. In a smaller number of classrooms, however, teachers are opening up this process to their students as a way to further engage them in the learning process. 

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Topics: Personalization and Differentiation, Students, Classroom, Formative Assessment, Student Success, Teachers

The Number 1 Way to Increase New Program Adoption

Posted by Bara Levitt on 8/9/21 2:56 PM

In order to foster new program adoption and engagement you need to do one thing—talk about the program regularly. It may seem overly simple, but the things that we talk about regularly are the things that remain top of mind. 

Though an exact number can not be calculated, it is believed that approximately 67% of software licences go unused each year. There are many reasons for this including lack of awareness, limited time, insufficient training, misalignment between needs and resources, and general program overload. 

When rolling out a new program teachers will often participate in a training session. Far too often that training session is the first and last time they hear about the program in a structured way. Sometimes there isn’t even a training session. Instead, teachers are selecting from a list of approved and adopted resources that they can explore and opt into if they choose, sometimes completing training modules for those tools and other times just figuring it out on their own. 

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Topics: Back to School, Education Technology, Math Instruction, Teachers

New on Knowre Math for the 2021-2022 School Year

Posted by Bara Levitt on 7/28/21 12:43 PM

 

With the start of the 2021-2022 school year approaching, we are thrilled to announce a number of exciting curricular enhancements to the grade 1, 6 and Algebra 2 curricula on Knowre Math. As a comprehensive supplemental resource for math, we are constantly striving to expand topic coverage and improve the overall student math learning experience.

As always, these developments are the direct result of administrator, teacher and student feedback and questions. Our curriculum team of former teachers has been hard at work to ensure this update meets your needs and goals.

You can expect to see these curricular updates on Knowre Math in early August! 

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Topics: Back to School, Education Technology, Math Instruction