With many schools across the country pausing in-person learning due to spiking COVID-19 cases, we wanted to take some time to focus on best practices for using Knowre Math within a remote learning environment. If you've already been regularly integrating Knowre Math into your weekly practice with your students you should be able to transition quite seamlessly into using the program for remote learning.
When using Knowre Math in a remote learning environment students should use the program during asynchronous learning time. During times when students and teachers are together the data provided on the Teacher Dashboard can be very helpful in identifying areas of focus for work with individual students, small groups of students, or the whole class.
Frequency of Use:
We recommend assigning 25-35 minutes of Knowre Math at a time, 3-5 times a week. While frequency will very much be driven by your school's schedule and time-on-task requirements, we strongly recommend that students use Knowre Math at least 1-2 times a week. If it is any less than that you are likely to experience many questions from students each time they are asked to do Knowre Math since the program is not a regular part of their routine.
Selection of Content:
During remote learning students should advance through the curriculum based on the assignments provided to them from their teacher. Teachers can select lessons that closely align to what is currently being worked on during synchronous sessions, choose to assign lessons that will introduce new topics to students, or select topics that allow for students to engage in review of previously taught skills. When assigning new topics, teachers should remind students of the importance of watching lesson and in-question support videos as these resources will be key for students when engaging with new topics independently.
Suggestions for each 25-35 minute Knowre Math:
- Option A: One or Two Lessons (Review Content)
- Option B: One Lesson (Brand New Content)
- Option C: One Lesson (Review Content) AND One Targeted 10.
***Geometry and Algebra 2 Teachers: Geometry and Algebra 2 lessons in Knowre Math tend to have more questions on average. Only one lesson from either of these two curricula should be assigned for the 25-35 minute work period. You may find that for new topics one lesson is appropriate over two days.
Content Selection Tips:
TIP 1: Instead of putting all of the Lesson and Targeted 10 assignments for the week under one due date, support student pacing by selecting due dates which reflect what students should complete each day.
TIP 2: Assign a Targeted 10 at the end of each week in order to provide students with personalized practice on the topics they worked on that week or the previous week.
TIP 3: Let parents know what, if anything, their students can be working on in the program once they complete their assigned work. This will help support parents who are seeking additional math learning opportunities as their students work from home.
|What are teachers doing?||What are students doing?|
Teachers are determining which topics students will be working on using Knowre Math and assigning those topics to students through their Teacher Dashboard
Once students have begun working, teachers can use available data to determine future lesson assignments and to identify the best use of time for instances where teachers and students are meeting together virtually.
Working through teacher assigned content at home.
Data in Action:
During remote learning data can be used to determine future assignments for students. If you have a chance to meet synchronously with students the data can also be helpful in determining which topics or skills to review with students during those meetings. Data can also be used to help encourage and acknowledge students for their work as this critical extrinsic motivation component can easily be missing in a remote learning environment.
Students can only engage with remote learning on Knowre Math if they have access to reliable internet on a laptop, desktop, Chromebook or iPad (download the Knowre Math App). If you are in need of non-digital resources for remote learning you can download our worksheets for Algebra 1, Geometry and Algebra 2.
If you have any questions or need any support getting started, please do not hesitate to reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We are here to help!