Posts made in February, 2017

New Review: Triumph Learning’s Texas Coach: Reading

Triumph Learning's Texas Coach: ReadingLearning List has reviewed Triumph Learning’s Texas Coach: Reading, Texas Edition. This supplemental program supports reading instruction for grades 3-8. Content is available in print and digital formats. Instruction addresses the concepts and skills needed for students to read and understand literary and informational texts. At each grade level, resources help prepare students for Texas’ STAAR exam. Learning List reviewed content for grades 3-5. Texas Coach supports remediation and instruction in Response to Intervention (RtI) programs

At each grade level, Texas Coach: Reading is organized in lessons and practice activities that reinforce a particular reading concept or skill (e.g., using context clues).  Lessons address a specific standard or set of related standards and are organized using the Gradual Release of Responsibility (GRR) instructional model. Each lesson includes three parts:

  1. Getting the Idea offers direct instruction with clear explanations and examples.
  2. Thinking It Through models concepts and skills and includes hints to facilitate students’ understanding.
  3. Coached Example provides guided practice in new skills. Students respond to multiple choice questions that include hints to build their confidence.

Lessons are accompanied by a set of multiple-choice Practice questions that support independent practice and prepare students for the STAAR exam.

About Triumph Learning*

Triumph Learning is a leading educational content company and publisher of print and digital K-12 resources, standards-aligned instructional materials, and effective literacy programs.

For over two decades, Triumph Learning has been offering research-based supplemental and test preparation resources, robust teacher support, and professional development opportunities to accelerate learning. Triumph Learning is committed to serving all students with a mix of interactive digital tools such as Readiness and innovative student texts with products such as Support Coach, 2015 Teacher’s Choice Award winner, and Performance Coach for test success.

Information in this section is provided by or adapted from Triumph Learning.

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New Review: Triumph Learning’s Texas Coach: Algebra I

Triumph Learning's Algebra I (TEKS)Learning List has reviewed Triumph Learning’s Texas Coach: Algebra I, Texas Edition. This supplemental program supports high school algebra instruction. Content is available in print and digital formats. Instruction provides a review and practice of the concepts and skills assessed on the STAAR end-of-course exam for Algebra I.

Texas Coach: Algebra I is presented in lessons that use the Gradual Release of Responsibility (GRR) instructional model. Each lesson is made up of four components:

  1. Understand provides direct instruction in the underlying concept(s) that provides the foundation for the skills students will practice.
  2. Connect includes an example problem with a detailed step-by-step solution followed by a “Try” practice exercise.
  3. Coached Example presents guided practice problems that lead students through each step of the solution.
  4. Lesson Practice is a set of independent practice items that build in difficulty.

Texas Coach: Algebra I provides six chapter review tests and two full-length STAAR practice tests. Tests are made up of multiple-choice, griddable, and open-ended items, and include answer keys.

About Triumph Learning*

Triumph Learning is a leading educational content company and publisher of print and digital K-12 resources, standards-aligned instructional materials, and effective literacy programs.

For over two decades, Triumph Learning has been offering research-based supplemental and test preparation resources, robust teacher support, and professional development opportunities to accelerate learning. Triumph Learning is committed to serving all students with a mix of interactive digital tools such as Readiness and innovative student texts with products such as Support Coach, 2015 Teacher’s Choice Award winner, and Performance Coach for test success.

Information in this section is provided by or adapted from Triumph Learning.

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New Review: Perfection Learning’s World History, Preparing for the Advanced Placement Examination

Perfection LearningLearning List has reviewed Perfection Learning’s World History, Preparing for the Advanced Placement Examination, which is a comprehensive product that supports instruction in Advanced Placement (AP) World History courses. Content is available in print format. Core content is presented in six chronological periods that match the periods identified in the College Board’s course framework for AP World History (e.g., Period 4: Global Interactions, 1450-1750).

Each period is broken into chapters that cover the history of particular regions during the period (e.g., “Chapter 17: Africa in the Early Colonial Period”).  Chapters include a “Historical Perspectives” feature and the paired features: “Think As a Historian,” and “Write As a Historian.” Historical Perspectives provides two or more historians’ differing perspectives on historical developments (e.g., “Was Alexander great?”).  Think As a Historian and Write As a Historian are short activities addressing historical thinking skills and their use in written arguments.

Chapters end with sets of stimulus-based multiple-choice questions and short-answer questions formatted to reflect the AP exam. Each period ends with one document-based question and several long-essay questions. The text ends with a full practice exam that reflects the AP U.S. World Exam in length and format.

About Perfection Learning*

For over 85 years, Perfection Learning has been a leader in literature and language arts programs for grades 6-12. These programs cover the complete range of language arts skills and course areas with both textbooks and supplemental programs. Innovative literature programs provide cost-effective solutions for teaching critical thinking skills and incorporating the new demands of the Common Core State Standards. K-8 reading/language arts solutions include hybrid print/digital handwriting and spelling programs, nonfiction reading, and intervention programs in reading and math.

In May 2013, Perfection Learning acquired AMSCO School Publications. For over 75 years, AMSCO has excelled in providing high-quality materials in world languages, science, language arts, ACT and SAT preparation, and more.

 

Information in this section is provided by or adapted from Perfection Learning.

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Just-in-Time Professional Development

Your learning needs are just as diverse as the students you serve. Learning List makes it easy to access the information you need, when you need it, in a variety of formats. Our just-in-time professional development resources include:Training Resources

  • Live webinars (Use the Chat Feature to request a webinar)
  • Step-by-step guides (Under Training Resources next to your Library)
  • Video tutorials (Under Training Resources next to your Library)

Using these resources, you can create customized PD based on your specific needs. Two sample scenarios follow:

Learning need: A teacher who is designing lesson plans for an upcoming unit wants to know which of his/her available instructional materials will best support students in learning specific student expectations.

Learning plan
: 10 Minutes

  1.  Log into Learning List;
  2. Watch 5 min. video “Using Learning List for Lesson Planning”;
  3. Use the alignment comparison tool to compare the alignment of the materials you have available;
  4. Download (into an excel document) the alignment reports of the material(s) that are aligned to the Student Expectations (SEs) you plan to teach;
  5. From the excel document, copy the “aligned citations for SE you plan to teach into your lesson plan

Data and Alignment

 

Learning need: A PLC team leader is reviewing data from benchmark assessments and wants to facilitate a discussion about the underlying reasons for the lower-than-expected student results. The PLC team leader has used Learning List as part of a textbook selection committee and remembers hearing someone mention that Learning List alignment reports make it easy to identify connections between the materials’ alignment and student test performance.

Learning plan: 10 Minutes

  1. Log into Learning List;
  2. Download 5-step guide, “Using Learning List to Analyze Test Results”;
  3. Based on assessment results, identify the standards your students are struggling with;
  4. Use Learning List’s “Alignment Comparison” tool to compare the alignment of the materials you have been using; look to see whether those materials are aligned to the standards your students are struggling with; if they are not aligned, that is likely why your students did not learn the knowledge and skills those standards require.
  5.  If the materials are aligned to those standards, look at Learning List’s Alignment Report for those material(s) to see if the particular citations (i.e., lessons, pages, videos) teachers used in each material are completely aligned to those standards, or whether they were inadvertently assigning only partially aligned citations; if they used only partially aligned citations, then students did not learn all the knowledge and skills those standards require.

Lesson_Planning

 

Check out our suggested implementation plan for ideas about how other subscribers in your role are using Learning List.

Contact us to schedule a webinar over a specific topic or for assistance in creating your learning plan.

 

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New Review: Bedford, Freeman & Worth’s (BFW) Calculus for the AP Course (Sullivan), 2nd Edition

BFW Calculus APLearning List has reviewed print materials for Bedford, Freeman & Worth’s (BFW) Calculus for the AP Course (Sullivan), 2nd Edition. This comprehensive product supports instruction in Advanced Placement (AP) Calculus AB and AP Calculus BC courses. Content is available in print and digital formats.

Calculus for the AP Course begins with a “Chapter P: Preparing for Calculus” review of functions (e.g., inverse, logarithmic, exponential), sequences, summation notation, and the Binomial Theorem. Core content is presented in 11 chapters that cover limits and continuity, the derivative and its applications, integrals, the techniques and applications of integration, series, parametric equations, polar equations, and vector functions.

Instruction is project-based and focuses on the application of calculus to real-world problems. Each chapter opens with a case study of a real-world problem (e.g., managing a river’s flow) that students will solve when they have completed the chapter. The text provides many example problems with detailed step-by-step solutions, and annotations that describe the mathematical reasoning supporting each step. Examples include problems that illustrate the real-world applications of what students are learning (e.g., constructing a rain gutter).

About BFW*

BFW believes that what happens in the classroom matters, and that a good class, a good teacher, and good content have the power to change the world—one student and one idea at a time. BFW products have long been best-sellers for AP courses. Now, in response to the needs of teachers across the country, BFW offers materials for Common Core, elective courses, and on-level programs aligned to NGSS.

Information in this section is provided by or adapted from BFW.

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