Knowre Blog

Can Assessments be Celebrations? Reframing to Create Lifelong Learners

Posted by Reba Nelson on 11/27/19 9:24 AM

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. 

Read More

Topics: Classroom, Formative Assessment, Teachers

The Targeted 10: Personalized Review for Each Student in Minutes

Posted by Bara Levitt on 11/14/19 8:47 AM

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?

Now, imagine the process of creating these review assignments for each student. It’s a difficult  and time-consuming feat to say the least.

Recognizing the power of appropriately “targeted” assignments, we are excited to announce the Knowre Math Targeted 10. The Knowre Math Targeted 10 feature makes it possible for you to generate individualized review assignments for all of your students in just a couple of minutes. The Targeted 10 assignment is algorithmically-generated to focus on each student’s areas for growth within only the topic areas that you choose. 

Read More

Topics: Knowre News, Personalization and Differentiation, Math Instruction, Teachers

3 Tips for Decreasing Math Student Frustration

Posted by Bara Levitt on 10/30/19 10:37 AM

“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.

Read More

Topics: Students, Classroom, Math Instruction, Teachers

Plan Ahead with Knowre Math’s Lesson Assignment Feature

Posted by Bara Levitt on 9/30/19 4:05 AM

The Knowre Math Lesson Assignment feature is now available on your Teacher Dashboard! Learn more about the how, when, and why of this new feature below.

Q: Why should I make an assignment when I can just tell students what they should be working on? 

There are four main reasons to consider using the Lesson Assignment feature:

Read More

Topics: Personalization and Differentiation, Classroom, Student Success, Math Instruction, Teachers, Schools

A Battle for Student Attention: What Teachers Can Learn From Fortnite

Posted by Sam Cressman on 9/16/19 8:03 AM

Just in case you haven't heard, Fortnite is an incredibly popular video game that seemingly every kid, teenager, and young adult is mildly (or seriously) addicted to.

Although it is easy to write-off Fortnite as just another video game, it is important to understand the reasons behind Fortnite's meteoric rise and sustained popularity. Furthermore, we can examine Fortnite and see what teachers can learn from Fortnite's expansive playbook that has made it the most prominent video game at this point in time. Let's review:

  • What is Fortnite? 
  • Why is Fortnite so addicting and popular?
  • What can teachers learn from Fortnite?
Read More

Topics: Gamification, Student Success, Math Instruction, Teachers

5 Questions to Consider when Integrating Technology into Lesson Plans

Posted by Bara Levitt on 8/26/19 10:24 AM

School districts, now more than ever, are relying on technology in the classroom. Where in the past there may have only been a few options to choose from, today the number of options is vast. Last school year, U.S. school districts accessed an average of 703 different EdTech tools every month. This represents a 28% increase over the 2017-2018 school year. With so many tech tools available, how can teachers go about deciding the what, when, and how of tech tool integration? As with many things in the classroom, the answer actually begins with a question, or in this case, 5. 

Here are 5 questions to consider when integrating technology into lesson plans in order to most effectively address student and classwide goals:

Read More

Topics: Education Technology, Math Instruction, Teachers

When “Equal” Isn’t Equal: 3 Tips Towards Digital Mathematical Equity

Posted by John Standal on 8/20/19 10:13 AM

When you consider how to make digital math instruction equal and fair for all students, you are likely referring to the concept of digital mathematical equity. Initially, digital mathematical equity may appear to be simple and straightforward. However, as you scratch the surface, you can quickly begin to see how complicated reaching digital mathematical equity has become.

Defining Mathematical Equity

First, it is important to define the two components of digital mathematical equity: mathematical equity and digital equity. According to The National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, creating, supporting, and sustaining a culture of mathematical equity can be defined as:

Read More

Topics: Education Policy, Education Technology, Student Success, Math Instruction, Teachers, Digital Equity

Take a Hike on Knowre’s Walk Me Through Trail

Posted by Bara Levitt on 7/31/19 12:51 PM

“You’ll have a great time,” the visitor center greeter said as we headed towards the trail in upstate New York. The hike was described as fun, but challenging, and we figured, despite rarely ever hiking, that we’d all be fine. Countless hours later we descended the trail thankful to be alive. Simply put, the trail was much more difficult than we could have ever imagined. While there were optional ladders and ledges placed at certain parts, in others we couldn’t figure out why these supremely helpful elements were frustratingly missing.

It is important when tackling a challenge or learning something new that there are certain supports in place to maximize desired outcomes, decrease frustration, and maintain motivation (at one point on the trail I told my friends it was best they just leave me there). Without the availability of these critical elements it’s all too easy to give up.

Read More

Topics: Knowre News, Personalization and Differentiation, Students, Education Technology, Student Success, Math Instruction, Teachers

Knowledge Doctors

Posted by David Joo on 7/30/19 7:38 AM

As an education technology company, we work diligently to create innovative and supportive products to help students learn and teachers teach. From our “Walk Me Through” technology to our personalized recommendation algorithm, Knowre develops features to support student learning in order to promote self-efficacy and student agency. We believe that all students can be successful - that students don’t hate math, they hate being frustrated. If teachers had the luxury of working one-on-one with all students all the time, students would receive the support we know they need and deserve. 

Read More

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

We live on the 5th floor.

Posted by David Joo on 7/25/19 9:48 AM

A fundamental tenet of Knowre, and something that drives all of us in our daily lives, is the belief that all students can be successful - that anyone can be good at math. It is a belief that stems from our origins as an after-school math academy in South Korea. It is a belief that is core to every aspect of our product. It is a belief that drives every decision we make for our students and teachers.

The misnomer that there are "math people" and "non-math people" is just that, a misnomer.

Read More

Topics: Knowre News, Personalization and Differentiation, Students, Classroom, Education Technology, Student Success, Teachers