One of my goals is to have my students be more engaged in their own outcomes. I am only with them about an hour a week, so I need them to be self-motivated to keep learning and pushing themselves. Since I can’t be with them very often, I love how ScootPad can act as the “virtual teacher,” letting kids know how they are progressing, thus allowing them to take ownership over their own outcomes.

Enter ScootPad honeycombs: below is the math honeycomb my top student sees when she opens her learning path. For her, she is always at the top of the class. Compared to her peers, she has very little to learn within the typical curriculum. However, that does not mean she has very little to learn in the greater scheme of her own education!  One thing I have done is put her in a level above other students, and above the typical curriculum. Here she can see that indeed there are challenges for her, like any other student.

Math honeycomb of my top student, being challenged at a level above the other students.
Math honeycomb of my top student, being challenged at a level above the other students.

Even more interesting for her is her ELA honeycomb:

With their honeycomb, even my best students can see where they can grow and achieve!
With their honeycombs, even my best students can see where they can grow and achieve!

Despite being ahead of her peers, even my most advanced student can easily see where she is relative to herself, and can motivate her own drive to learn and excel. The learning path selection for her also lets her remain challenged relative to others her own age and grade, despite the fact that those students are not at her school. She is in 5th grade now, and will be moving to an advanced program at the middle school. It’s important she be able to continue to be challenged relative to the wider world she will soon be entering.

I may not be able to provide her these peers to challenge her within our classes. However, with ScootPad, I can still provide her the experiences that allow her to challenge herself, and to see herself within a larger virtual community of learners ready for more!

How do you help your best students continue to grow and thrive?

Cheers!
Dr. Michelle Anthony