New Review: Edgenuity’s Chemistry

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[Source: Edgenuity]

Learning List has reviewed Edgenuity’s Chemistry. The comprehensive, online course supports instruction in blended learning and self-paced environments. Video-based lessons focus on developing students’ understanding of chemistry concepts and their real-world applications. Instruction includes virtual and classroom-based lab activities. Diagnostic pre-tests ensure that instruction is individualized for each student.

Content is presented in video-based lectures with accompanying whiteboard notes and demonstrations. Each lesson begins with an interactive warm-up that frames the lesson topic, establishes learning goals, connects to prior learning, and introduces new vocabulary and concepts. Core instruction is presented in video lectures by engaging, highly-qualified teachers, with accompanying white board demonstrations of concepts and skills. The use of multiple teachers ensures that students experience a range of instructional styles.

Virtual labs provide interactive learning experiences in which students use simulated lab equipment, such as microscopes and test tubes, to explore concepts. Instruction addresses lab safety and some lessons include classroom-based wet labs to be completed with teacher oversight. Many labs include a downloadable student guide with step-by-step instructions and resources to support data collection and analysis.

About Edgenuity*

Edgenuity provides engaging online and blended learning education solutions that propel success for every student, empower every teacher to deliver more effective instruction, and enable schools and districts to meet their academic goals. Edgenuity delivers a range of Core Curriculum, AP®, Elective, Career and Technical Education (CTE), and Credit Recovery courses aligned to the rigor and high expectations of state, Common Core and iNACOL standards and designed to inspire life-long learning.

This content is provided by or adapted from Edgenuity.

 

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Administrators, Are You Using Learning List to Plan for Observations?

It’s mid-September and classroom observations are starting.Teacher at desk

Learning List resources can assist you in preparing for classroom observations and coaching conversations. Below are sample questions related to each T-TESS dimension that addresses “alignment” of lessons and  activities to the state standards and using materials to assess student progress. These questions may be useful in conversations prior to observations or edited and used during coaching conversations after observations.

Please note, the short descriptions of the dimensions below does not capture the full scope of the rubric’s expectations. Consult the rubric for further detail.

Planning Dimension 1.1: The teacher designs clear, well organized, sequential lessons that reflect best practice, align with standards and are appropriate for diverse learners.

Sample Coaching Questions

  • Which instructional material(s) supports the objectives for this lesson?
  • What criteria do you use to determine whether an instructional material is aligned to the standards being taught in the lesson?
  • How do you determine the sequence of instructional materials to use?
  • Will you use technology in the lesson? If so, how will you determine the most appropriate technology to use?
  • How are you using instructional materials to help you differentiate instruction?

Planning Dimension 1.2: The teacher uses formal and informal methods to measure student progress, then manages and analyzes student data to inform instruction.

Sample Coaching Questions

  • What type of instruments will you use to assess student progress?
  • How will you use the data you get back from those formative assessments to guide small group instruction?
  • How do you involve students in monitoring their progress?
  • What resources are available for instructing students of varying needs? What criteria do you use to determine which to use?
  • What type of feedback do you find most effective with the students you teach?

Planning Dimension 1.4: The teacher plans engaging, flexible lessons that engage higher-order thinking, persistence and achievement.

Sample Coaching Questions

  • What questions have you planned for the lesson?
  • Which questioning and/or other strategies will you use to encourage all students to engage in higher-order thinking?
  • How will you use your instructional materials to prompt students to engage in higher order thinking and questioning?
  • How will you assess the alignment of your activities with instructional materials?

Instruction Dimension 2.2: The teacher uses content and pedagogical expertise to design and execute lessons aligned with state standards, related content and student needs.

Sample Coaching Questions

  • Can you demonstrate that this lesson is aligned to the state standards you are intending to cover?
  • How does this lesson align to the district curriculum (scope and sequence)?
  • How will you use your instructional materials to provide students with opportunities to use different types of thinking and problem solving skills? What real world scenarios will you reference to support student learning?

We encourage principals to leverage the reviews and tools on Learning List to help implement the T-TESS rubric during the observation and coaching cycle.  Contact us if you would like to schedule training to help support this important work.

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Super Teacher Worksheets’ Math Materials

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[Source: Super Teacher Worksheets]

Super Teacher Worksheets (STW) is a supplemental resource that provides printable worksheets, flashcards, and learning games across content areas for grades K-5. Resources are accessed online and must be printed for student use. Learning List recently reviewed STW materials for math instruction.

STW math resources address the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and support reinforcement, remediation, and re-teaching of specific skills (e.g., identifying fractions, decimals, and mixed numbers). Each resource includes a clear title, a short overview, and the grade level(s) for which it is appropriate (e.g., K-2). Worksheets and other activities allow students to practice concepts and improve fluency through repeated problem solving. Worksheets use limited vocabulary and emphasize numerals, which may support struggling readers and ELLs. An STW “Generator” tool allows teachers to create their own math worksheets and quizzes.

Many STW resources are available at no cost at www.superteacherworksheets.com; membership is required for full access to STW materials.  Each resource is linked to the relevant CCSS, and many worksheets are available in English and Spanish. STW adds new worksheets each week.

About Super Teacher Worksheets*

STW is the largest and most popular website created and managed by T.P.W. Websites. TPW’s mission is to provide high-quality, affordable teaching resources on the Internet for teachers, parents, and homeschoolers. STW features thousands of educational printables to help students learn and review essential reading, writing, math, science, and social studies concepts.
This information is provided by or adapted from TPW Websites.

 

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