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4 Questions Answered About Exact Path Building Blocks

4 Questions Answered About Exact Path Building Blocks

The term building block may already be familiar to you—whether in the education sense or not. By definition, a building block is an essential element or important part on which a larger entity is based. As you reflect back on the towering skyscrapers you built from wooden blocks as a child or the scaffolding of learning you regularly write into your lesson plans, the definition still applies.

In the context of our K-8 individualized learning program, Exact Path, a Building Block is a lesson that targets a particular prerequisite skill and is introduced into the student’s learning path when remediation is needed. Today, we’ll examine Building Blocks by answering four key questions you may have about this exciting new feature.

1. Why are Building Blocks an important feature in Exact Path?

Not every learner grabs hold of a new skill the first time through the curriculum. For many, additional remediation or scaffolding may be helpful before they are ready to absorb and apply the new information. That’s where Building Blocks come into play. These learning modules represent additional activities focused on a pre-requisite skill when a student has signaled that they need extra help.

2. How are Building Blocks introduced in the learning path?

Performance on a learning path Progress Check determines if a student will see a remedial Building Block in their next set of four lessons, or if they are ready to accelerate to the next skill. If in fact the student fails to demonstrate mastery on one or more skills, they will receive a correlated Building Block topic to work on in their next set of lessons. If a student is unsuccessful a second time, they will receive one additional Building Block topic. Once students successfully complete their Building Block activities and demonstrate mastery on their next Progress Check, they will bounce back up to the next skill in the progression for a second attempt at mastery.

If you still have questions on the larger structure of our learning paths, let’s take a quick step back. After a student completes an administration of our adaptive diagnostic assessment, he or she receives a unique learning path that includes lessons catered to his or her individual needs. The amount of lessons depends on the specific learning requirements of the student, so to maintain the right amount of choice while not overwhelming the learner, typically no more than four skills worth of lessons are revealed at one time. After working through each set of four skills, a student is presented with a short mastery test known as a Progress Check. Think of Progress Checks as the checkpoint in the learning path that activates a Building Block or promotes a student to the next skill in their progression.

3. What do Building Blocks look like on the student side?

To students, Building Blocks will feel like the next natural step forward in their learning journey. They are inserted automatically into the learning path just as students need them to appear, so while they won’t necessarily be flagged as lower-level content, they will provide the necessary scaffolding to ensure learning gets back on track. This chance to experience success not only provides background knowledge the student requires to move forward, but also motivates the learner to persist toward learning goals.

4. How can I monitor Building Blocks in reporting?

When a student receives a Building Block in their learning path, the teacher will first be alerted on the notifications page, and can see identified in the Knowledge Map. From this view, educators will now spot a new icon in the shape of several stacked blocks that will appear next to the skill the student was recently unsuccessful on. Then, further back in the learning path, you will find a pre-requisite skill now tagged in green as “practicing”, indicating it’s the correlated topic the student is now working on. The Knowledge Map will continue to provide these real-time status reports as students move through their learning path.

In a nearby reporting area, the Current Learning Activities view offers a different peek into Building Blocks and makes it easy to see which skills were introduced as Building Blocks. This report shows the current four skills a student is working on, but retroactively keeps tabs of all skills assessed in previous Progress Checks. Quickly review this historical information to see when a skill was assessed, how successful the student was at that time, and then their performance on the associated Building Block topic that followed. Don’t forget, you also have access to see the actual questions and performance from Progress Checks in this view.

Interested in learning more about all of the latest features available in Edmentum Exact Path? Visit our What’s New page for a complete digest, or watch this recorded webinar to see all latest enhancements in action!