Instructional Materials

Do the materials you are using for remote instruction support a high-quality learning experience for your students?

When implementing an instructional material during in-person instruction, teachers can adjust instruction, add instructional strategies, and differentiate instruction for their students. During remote instruction, however, teachers may not have as many opportunities to adjust instruction to meet their students’ needs. Therefore, the quality of instructional materials used for remote instruction is more important than ever.

Learning List has reviewed thousands of instructional materials, and we consider many factors in our qualitative reviews. In previous blogs we’ve written about considerations for selecting materials to support continuous learning and things to look for if selecting online materials.   This blog takes a deeper look at assessing the quality of instructional materials used for remote instruction.

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Assessing the Assessments In a Material

Assessing the Assessments In a Material

Having facilitated many districts’ adoption processes and listened to educators articulate what they are looking for in instructional materials, we have observed that assessments are often under assessed during an adoption/selection process. Assessments are a critical component of the instructional cycle. Therefore, as part of Learning List’s qualitative, Editorial Review of each instructional material, we evaluate the material’s assessments. Based on our review of thousands of instructional materials, we offer the following four key considerations to help you determine whether the assessments embedded in an instructional material will meet your needs.

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New Product Review: Edmentum’s Texas English 6-8

New Product Review: Edmentum’s Texas English 6-8

Does your district need instructional materials to support middle school students who have selected home learning? Take a look at Learning List’s reviews of Edmentum’s Texas English 6-8.

Edmentum’s Texas English 6-8 provides a fully digital, comprehensive program for middle school English Language Arts.  The material provides a variety of activities to support students’ development of reading and writing skills. The goal of the program is to provide rigorous, relevant instruction through interactive, media-rich content.  

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New Product Review: Edmentum’s Texas English II

New Product Review: Edmentum’s Texas English II

Is your district looking for materials to support students in credit recovery? Take a look at Learning List’s reviews of Edmentum’s Texas English II.

Edmentum’s Texas English II is a fully digital, comprehensive program for English II.  The material provides a variety of activities to support students’ development of reading and writing skills. The goal of the program is to provide rigorous, relevant instruction through interactive, media-rich content.  

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Will Students See Themselves in My Materials?:

8 Features of “Culturally Responsive” Materials

Image by Heejin Jeong from Pixabay 

As schools are tackling all of the demands of educating students during Covid-19, teachers continue to focus, and re-focus, on building relationships with students and providing supportive environments. Part of providing a safe, supportive learning environment is providing a culturally responsive classroom. “Culturally Responsive” is a term frequently heard in educational circles today. It goes beyond building relationships to ensuring academic growth for all students. While culturally responsive teaching is a complex topic, there is one piece of it that does not have to be challenging. Consider how you would answer this question: “Do students see themselves in the instructional materials I am using?” In formulating your answer, think about the following factors:

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New Product: The Math Learning Center’s Bridges in Mathematics for Prekindergarten

New Product: The Math Learning Center’s Bridges in Mathematics for Prekindergarten

Is your district looking for a math-focused, developmentally appropriate program? Take a look at Learning List’s review of The Math Learning Center’s Bridges in Mathematics.

The Math Learning Center’s Bridges in Mathematics for Pre-K is play-based and provides a comprehensive mathematics curriculum for prekindergarten students. The material is sequenced according to developmental progressions of mathematics concepts and skills and is organized in nine units.  The program addresses standard areas of math instruction, including numbers, operations, geometry, patterning, measurement, and data analysis. 

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