Summer school is a great time to change up the normal routine of classroom learning. With smaller class sizes, shorter school days and an abundance of outdoor options, exploring different approaches to summer learning can help motivate students (and teachers) in new and exciting ways. And don’t forget another benefit of summer school– technology access. Though most schools do not have the luxury of having 1:1 technology access during the school year, many do have that luxury during the summer. This is an opportunity to be seized!
1. Align your summer curriculum to Knowre chapters and lessons.
Already have a curriculum you will be using during the summer? No worries! Knowre’s program provides a complete facilitator-driven curriculum for Pre-Algebra and Algebra I that can easily be aligned to your existing curriculum. Use Knowre just as if you were using a digital textbook, only with a personal tutor (aka <Knowre’s “Walk Me Through”) available for each student. Easily locate any topic in Knowre by scrolling through the chapter listings or by using the search field.
2. Teach as you normally would following your curriculum, and then allow students to practice the specific topic on Knowre for reinforcement.
Allowing students to practice lesson concepts on Knowre will provide you with up-to-the-minute data on each student’s progress. This data will arm you with the information you need in an easy-to-read, easy-to-use format to design lessons and provide small group instruction, helping you to ensure all students are mastering summer content goals.
3. Assign Knowre’s personalized review to help students fill in their learning gaps.
Knowre’s assessment-driven adaptive Review curriculum takes the data on each students’ knowledge and provides a personalized curriculum that targets each student’s areas of weakness. Regularly assign the Review curriculum to ensure that your students are bridging any gaps that exist in their learning. This powerful tool can be assigned easily via the Teacher Dashboard.
4. If you only have enough computers for half of the class, try splitting your students into two groups.
Start with all students together for the mini-lesson, then send one group off to the computers to practice, while you work through practice problems with the other. After a set amount of time, switch the groups. This approach allows for greater teacher attention on each student and often limits classroom management issues as well. Just be sure to set up the computers so that you can easily glance to make sure all students are on task!
5. Use Knowre to instill independent learning skills.
If you’re looking for ways to challenge your students with new material they will be learning next year, use Knowre as a way to introduce new concepts. Students can watch videos, get scaffolded step-by-step instruction and enjoy taking learning into their own hands.