How do you use Knowre with your students?
Prior to using Knowre, I had to rely upon small group instruction and worksheets during the study skills period, but this approach did not allow me to adequately address the varying needs of each student in these groups. Our district selected Knowre because the program has the ability to identify and fill each individual student’s knowledge gaps.
I have all my students use Knowre and then I follow each student’s progress through Knowre’s color-coded data reports. The Teacher Dashboard helps me diagnose students who need extra attention. Knowre reports on a student’s performance for each lesson, problem, and sub-skill so I can see a student’s comprehension as well as effort.
I also use Knowre’s granular-level reporting to assign lessons in Knowre that focus on each student’s areas of weakness. During the remedial students’ mandatory study skills period, my students work individually on their Knowre assignments while I work one-on-one with each student in turn. In total, my students his spend 30-50 minutes each day using Knowre.
To help build long-term retention of concepts, I sometimes use worksheets to teach the initial lesson and then follow up a couple of weeks later by assigning Knowre lessons for review.
How does using Knowre affect how you give grades?
I use student performance in Knowre to account for 50% of each student’s report card grade. Students know this, which motivates them to attempt additional practice questions in order to improve their grade.
Students are also motivated because they know that I will share Knowre’s reports with parents to show how their child’s performance compares with the class average, as well as whether their child is doing the work required.
Has Knowre impacted your students’ enthusiasm for math?
Our students enjoy using Knowre, which increases engagement that not only motivates them to complete their assignments on time but also increases their math comprehension. I am definitely seeing a higher completion rate on assignments than in previous years. By enabling students to work at their own pace, they are building the study skills and discipline they will need to succeed in high school.