Oct 03, 2020

Using the Return to Learn Documents to Accelerate Learning in Mathematics

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The abrupt closure of schools in Iowa last spring threw lesson plans and grade level standards into a tailspin. Many teachers, administrators and AEA consultants worked throughout the summer to help prepare our schools and students for the 2020-2021 school year.At a state level, educational leaders convened virtually to create Return to Learn documents to help districts maximize learning opportunities this academic year.

Teachers are faced with the ardous task of working through current grade level material in their lessons while incorporating unfinished learning from 2019-2020. Here are a few tips from the Grant Wood AEA mathematics consultants on how to fit five quarters of learning into the 2020-2021 school year.  

  1. Think about the priority standards that you will be teaching in each unit.  Use the Focus by Grade Level Documents from Achieve the Core to help you decide the major works of the grade.

  2. What previous grade level standards are “prerequisites” to the standards you will soon be teaching?  Use the Coherence Maps in Achieve the Core to backmap the major works in the grade level.  This will help you find the previous grade level standards directly related to your grade level.  

  3. What type of formative assessment could be given to determine if the prerequisites have been met?  There are some mini assessments within Achieve the Core that may be helpful.

  4. Once the formative assessment is given, how will you use the information to guide instruction, and/or create “just in time” support for students?

For more information, please visit the Return to Learn website or use the tools in this Infographic: Enhance Universal Instruction Through Accelerating Learning.

Have more questions? Your AEA math consultants are also ready to help!


Category: The Linker Math