Summer may be drifting away, but these 5 steps will ensure your classroom is ready for a successful school year!
Step 1: Create a learning path so your students can practice what you are teaching
Students will be better off in Learning Paths (repeated assignments) aligned to your teaching methods. ScootPad doesn’t know what you teach nor how you teach but you do! Even if you choose a textbook-aligned path, these are generic paths. We always recommend the teacher have as many Learning Paths as necessary to ensure mastery of all standards. In the below example, we assume the teacher is looking to give a “repeated assignment” every week.
- Grab your pacing guides, curriculum map, or weekly lesson plans.
- Head up to the content library and start building! [Click here to discover how]
- We recommend paths that are anywhere from 5-10 concepts but no more than about 24 concepts. [Click here to discover how]
Step 2: Create an entry and exit ticket from your Learning Path
Short formative assessments that serve as checkpoints will be super simple for you to launch before students start practicing in their paths and at the end of the week when you are ready to wrap up. When you assess the same content at least twice, you are able to determine growth in your students.
- Don’t reinvent the wheel! Simply click the “generate assessment” button. [Click here to discover how]
- Now copy the assessment and choose the option to regenerate questions. [Click here to discover how]
- Assign the entry ticket for the beginning of the week and the exit ticket for the end of the week.
Step 3: Assign and monitor progress within the Learning Path
The Learning Path is where the students receive adaptive practice. Another way to think about this is the Learning Path is where students repeatedly practice specific skills and ScootPad automatically provides scaffolded support. In our example, the students will be practicing skills YOU assign! This is a HUGE time saver because you don’t have to assign Targeted Practices for HW. Just tell students to launch their Learning Paths!
- Assign the path [Click here to discover how]
- Ensure that your students start in Diagnostic mode. This will allow you to quickly see how many skills students know. Since the Learning Path will be very short, students should be able to do this in one sitting. [Click here to unpack Diagnostic mode]
- Monitor student progress in the path from the Adaptive Practice dashboard (screenshot below). Know that we have remediation under control! When you trust the process, ScootPad will fill most, if not all, skill gaps (orange concepts) for most students in your classroom without you having to lift a finger! Reteach and assign intervention as needed. [Click here to discover how]
Step 4: Review the data from the entry and exit tickets
Assessments serve as checkpoints for you to determine and gauge student growth over time. Reviewing both of your assessments in the growth report allows you to see how repeated practice and automatic scaffolding in the Learning Path has paid off.
- Check out the assessment growth report [Click here to find out how]
Step 5: Repeat!
Once you have mastered the art of creating Learning Paths which are simply assignments that repeat, it’s all uphill from there. Our example used a week as the time frame but this may be too short for you. A rule of thumb would be to change your students’ Learning Paths as frequently as you would give them an assignment. While this may be nightly for some, we wouldn’t suggest a new learning path that frequently. 🙂 Perhaps a week or two at a a time. Remember, your students will receive repeated assignments in this AND automatic scaffolded support. You don’t want them to have too many concepts to work on or too little.
Your classroom deserves the best and we want to make sure you have it so check out the below resources and level up!
- Check out best practices for every classroom and grade level [Click here]
- Review Comprehensive Virtual Learning Videos
- Run device check to make sure your student devices are ready to use ScootPad [Click here to run the device check from a student device]
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