With ScootPad’s mastery-based pedagogy, students are assigned a Learning Path that comprises of the desired learning material and are expected to work at their own pace, so they can take the time they need to fully understand and master the material.
In this post, we’ll do a quick review of the most common instructional models within the classroom environment and the recommended types of Learning Paths.
- Mastery-Based Classroom: One or more teachers teach to groups of students based on their specific needs. These needs may or may not be defined by curriculum maps or pacing guides. ScootPad can be used to adapt to each student to deliver concept mastery within their Personalized Learning Paths.
- Traditional Classroom: One teacher per classroom. Instruction is defined by curriculum maps and pacing guides. ScootPad can be used to supplement classroom instruction while enhancing the curriculum and providing students with individualized practice within their Personalized Learning Paths.
- Technology-Infused Classroom: Students use ScootPad in a lab setting driven by a secondary teacher. Instruction is assumed by the primary teacher (who may or may not be using ScootPad) and ScootPad is used to support the curriculum with the main goal of technology being added to the curriculum.
- After-school Classroom: Students use ScootPad in an after-school setting driven by a secondary teacher who may or may not be the primary teacher providing the student with direct instruction. ScootPad is used to support the grade level curriculum with the main goal of the student receiving additional assistance.
Types of Learning Paths:
Pre-Built Learning Paths (one per grade level):
In the below screenshot, a teacher uses the Common Core Grade 3 Pre-Built Learning Path which is available out of the box on ScootPad.
- In a Mastery-Based Classroom, students work at their own pace and are supported by one or more teachers who can provide small group of students with instruction, giving them the independence to move ahead. With the Pre-Built Learning Path, the scaffolding that students may encounter helps them to proceed independently, filling skill gaps allowing teachers to assist other students in the moment. Pre-Built Learning Paths offer a very effective tool for Mastery-Based Classroom Models.
- In a Traditional Classroom, teachers are typically using a lesson plan driven by pacing guides or a set curriculum. The Pre-Built Learning Path is not aligned to a specific textbook curriculum. Therefore, teachers may find it difficult to ensure that students are receiving reinforcement in the concepts that were taught that day or week. Although teachers can assign targeted practices to supplement classroom instruction, students will not receive scaffolding and skill gaps will not be addressed with the targeted practices.
- In Technology-Infused and After-School Classrooms, students use ScootPad outside of their primary teacher’s classroom with a secondary teacher driving the usage. Using the out-of-the-box Pre-Built Learning Path, the secondary teacher may find it difficult to provide supplemental instruction if students have not been introduced to specific concepts. Therefore, we strongly encourage the secondary teacher to work with the primary teacher to determine the structure of the Learning Path. While there may be some slight customization, this will ensure students are in sync with classroom instruction.
Customized Learning Paths (one per unit/student):
In the below screenshot, a teacher has assigned different Learning Paths to different students giving the teacher a quick visual of where students are in each chapter.
- In a Mastery-Based Classroom students have the privilege of being in flexible groups driven by the students’ proficiency themselves. By using customized Learning Paths and moving students through them, teachers can quickly see groups of students and can structure classroom instruction more effectively. Customized Learning Paths offer a very effective tool for Mastery-Based Classroom Models.
- In a Traditional Classroom, customizing multiple Learning Paths has proven to be super effective. Teachers can quickly see groups of students and can structure classroom instruction more effectively, similar to teachers in Mastery-Based classrooms. Customized Learning Paths offer a very effective tool for Traditional Classroom Models.
- In Technology-Infused and After-School Classrooms, time is typically a big factor. Multiple Learning Paths require the secondary teacher to customize content for several grade levels which may not be ideal. The secondary teacher may also not be familiar with the nuances of a specific grade level in order to provide this level of customization, hence this is not recommended.
Evolving Learning Paths (continuously customized):
In the below example, the teacher started the Learning Path with 6 total concepts. Students receive scaffolding (lower level skills colored tan) and have yet to master the concepts. But the teacher is ready to introduce 2 new concepts to the student or group – hence the teacher can customize the learning path and introduce the new concepts.
- In a Mastery-Based Classroom students have the privilege of being in flexible groups driven by the students’ proficiency themselves. A Evolving Learning Path allows the teacher to start with a certain number of concepts for the student(s) to work in, then add in new concepts as those concepts are being introduced. This type of Learning Path does not allow the students to advance at their own pace.
- In a Traditional Classroom, teachers are often interested in controlling the concepts that students are able to work on. This type of Learning Path guarantees that concepts will have been addressed before students encounter them. Evolving Learning Paths offer a very effective tool for Traditional Classroom Models.
- In Technology-Infused and After-School Classrooms, the secondary teacher may not know which concepts to start with or which concepts to add in. These types of classrooms often have a higher student to teacher ratio so the less customization the better.
In summary, based on best demonstrated practices, we are able to recommend with a high degree of certainty, which type of Learning Path can best complement your instructional model.
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Of course, this post is not a comprehensive review of every instructional model that exists or every type of Learning Path that can be formulated. We simply aim to share with you what’s extremely common within the ScootPad community. Once you know which instructional model best matches your classroom, find the recommended type of Learning Path and we can even help you with it’s implementation.
You can also set up some time to chat with us about Learning Paths by scheduling a quick 15 minute call. There is always more to learn so don’t hesitate to explore or reach out to our support team by clicking the orange Help button.
The ScootPad Team