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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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!
Knowre Math can be a very helpful and effective tool not only for summer school, but for summer math practice and homework as well.
When you use Knowre Math for your summer homework all of the grading will be done for you. Students will have access to support at every step of the way, which will help them not only to be more successful with the content, but also to be able to work more independently. Finally, everything is in one place which means set up and monitoring is simple and streamlined.
Read on for some tips on how to best set up Knowre Math for your students for summer math.
Over the course of the year most Knowre Math teachers have been using the program to provide students with additional practice on the topics they are working on in class. During the last part of the school year there are fewer topics that still need to be covered which means that use of the program can begin to shift to meet other needs and goals.
Keep reading to explore a couple of different ways to maximize Knowre Math as a resource during this end of school year time period.
A large number of teachers began using Knowre Math for the very first time last March. That means that for many the program has only ever been used in remote or hybrid models. As schools across the country begin to shift towards more in-person learning time, you may be wondering about how best to transition your use of the Knowre Math program back into the physical classroom.
Read on for some tips and don’t hesitate to email email@example.com if you want 1:1 help making the transition.
What would student learning look like in your classroom if you could regularly provide each of your students with an individualized review assignment created just for them?
Imagine the process of creating these review assignments for each student. It’s would be a difficult and time-consuming feat to say the least.