Knowre Blog

Knowre Math Over the Summer

Posted by Bara Levitt on 6/12/20 2:48 PM

Summer assignments this year are much different than years past. 

With many summer programs and local recreational options being cancelled in their physical forms due to COVID-19, students will have more unstructured time on their hands. There is also the pressure of needing to help students not fall further behind, to cover missed standards, and to give all teachers and learners time to recharge. 

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Topics: Summer Math, Classroom, Student Success, Math Instruction, Teachers

The Importance of Setting Distance Learning Contracts and Expectations

Posted by Bara Levitt on 3/31/20 2:22 PM

At the beginning of each school year, teachers and students engage in activities and conversations which are designed to set expectations. In many elementary school classrooms, processes and procedures are not only introduced, but actively practiced again and again.

Often during this time, little to no academic content is being taught. These efforts, though time consuming, create an environment in which learning can occur because everyone knows how to interact and behave within the classroom. This time spent at the beginning of the school year typically reaps dividends as the year progresses.

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Topics: Classroom, Student Success, Teachers, Schools

Supporting Asynchronous / Distance / Independent Learning

Posted by David Joo on 3/31/20 12:49 PM

In the immense plethora of emotions and things to deal with during this time, we at Knowre want to help where we can.  

Personalized learning (however you may define it) is a fundamental tenet of what we strive to accomplish through Knowre Math. Our goal is to mirror the one-on-one interaction between a student and a teacher as much as possible. 

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Topics: Personalization and Differentiation, Students, Classroom, Data, Education Technology, Formative Assessment, Student Success, Math Instruction, Teachers, Schools

Planning for Distance Learning with Knowre Math

Posted by Bara Levitt on 3/12/20 2:23 PM

As countries across the world take steps to stop the spread of the COVID-19 virus, normal school routines are being disrupted. Knowre Math can be a critical resource in helping to ensure that math learning is still occurring at home when students are not able to attend school in-person.

When building your new math plan, it is important to think about expectations, accountability and celebration. Together these three elements can create a supportive and predictable math learning environment that will not only help promote continued skill development, but also a sense of normalcy in a temporary and new routine.

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Topics: Students, Classroom, Education Policy, Education Technology

You can now see real-time student performance by CCSS!

Posted by Bara Levitt on 2/28/20 1:15 AM

Data related to the Common Core State Standards is now available on the Knowre Math Teacher Dashboard. To access this data, click on the “CCSS” data view option (see image below).

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Topics: Knowre News, Classroom, Data, Student Success, Teachers

Everything You Need to Know About Student Agency

Posted by Sam Cressman on 2/14/20 1:00 AM

With education instruction and technology changing so frequently, it can be difficult, if not impossible, to keep up with the trends and terminology necessary to feel "in the loop" (especially with many education conferences right around the corner). 

One such education term that has emerged is student agency. This article explores the following frequently asked questions about this timely topic:

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Topics: Students, Classroom, Education Policy, Student Success, Math Instruction, Teachers

Everything You Need to Know About Blended Learning

Posted by Sam Cressman on 1/3/20 6:31 PM

Adaptive learning. Personalized learning. Differentiated instruction. Online learning. Hybrid learning. The "flipped" classroom. Blended learning.

With both education instruction and technology changing so frequently, sometimes it can feel difficult to keep up with the trends and terminology.

Let's take a deep dive into blended learning, including:

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Topics: Classroom, Education Policy, Education Technology, Student Success, Math Instruction, Teachers

From Scantron to Personalized Learning: A Teacher's Decade in Review

Posted by Bara Levitt on 1/3/20 6:16 PM

When I started teaching in 2010, the technology in my classroom and school building was extremely limited. 

I remember visiting another school during a professional development session and being amazed by their handheld clickers and by a system in the corner where students could feed in a scantron and immediately receive a set of questions printed out just for them.

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Topics: Holidays, Classroom, Education Technology, Teachers, Schools

Can Assessments be Celebrations? Reframing to Create Lifelong Learners

Posted by Reba Nelson on 11/27/19 12:24 PM

My instructional decisions as an educator are driven by my goal of helping students grow into lifelong learners.  

I grew up on a farm of over 1,000 cows in central Minnesota with six siblings and two loving parents. My dad and mom encouraged us to try new things, to fail, and to learn from our mistakes. The concept of having a growth mindset has always been their philosophy. I am thankful my parents raised me in a home where trying, failing, learning, and trying again was the norm. 

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Topics: Classroom, Formative Assessment, Teachers

3 Tips for Decreasing Math Student Frustration

Posted by Bara Levitt on 10/30/19 1:37 PM

“I don’t know…” vs. “I don’t know!”

When was the last time you had to admit that you did not know something? How did it feel to make that admission?

Last week a teacher asked me a question about a new Knowre Math feature and I simply did not know the answer. In that moment I felt frustrated and disappointed. I hate not knowing something that I “should” know. While I am not shy to admit “I don’t know”, the phrase itself will often come out in a deflated and disappointed manner.

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Topics: Students, Classroom, Math Instruction, Teachers