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Empowering Independent Thinkers and Learners with Calvert Learning’s Curriculum Design

Empowering Independent Thinkers and Learners with Calvert Learning’s Curriculum Design

Today, it’s more important than ever for students to become independent thinkers and self-directed learners. In tomorrow’s workplace, they’ll be expected to learn on the go in order to solve problems we can only imagine today.

To help them meet those future challenges, Calvert Learning has designed our curriculum to give students more responsibility for their learning as they advance through lessons.

Shifting to a More Student-Centered Approach

As you begin to explore our curriculum, you’ll find it has been written to encourage students to interact and engage more directly with the material. In effect, the curriculum “speaks” more directly to students by:

  • Inviting younger students to read along with videos of classic children’s books
  • Instilling number sense with interactive counting games
  • Prompting older students to independently explore new concepts in math, science, literature, and history
  • Encouraging students to take on increasing levels of responsibility for their work

Learn more about how @Calvert4Schools empowers independent thinkers with their curriculum design: http://ow.ly/Tdc050wEVNI

Supporting Learning Guides in Their Evolving Role

As virtual educators, you help parents guide their children on the path to becoming self-directed, lifelong learners. We’ve designed tools and enhanced materials to help parents and teachers achieve that goal every step of the way.

1. Suggested Daily Schedule aids families in planning their lesson days and helps them stay on track. Visual indicators show current lesson day, lessons completed, and an at-a-glance view of lessons to come. 

2. Teaching Notes in the Learning Guide View call out major themes, help identify areas where students may have trouble, and provide suggested alternative teaching approaches or activities. They also include tips on guiding conversations to help students unpack what is being presented in online resources and media.

3. Online Quick Checks throughout our lessons provide immediate feedback to students—letting both parents and students know when more help or greater challenges are needed. These frequent, early opportunities assess students’ thinking and learning and help them course-correct accordingly.

4. Project Rubrics set clear expectations for teaching and learning. Teacher rubrics set criteria for grading and the standards that are addressed. Student rubrics help hold students accountable and encourage self-assessment.

Want to learn more about Edmentum’s curriculum team? Learn how we keep an #EducatorFirst perspective in our assessment and curriculum design process in this blog post!

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Teresa Tirabassi received her B.S. from Notre Dame of Maryland University and has worked at Calvert Learning since 2008 in both the curriculum and marketing departments. As part of the Edmentum team, Teresa is excited to support teachers and help them make a difference in their students’ lives no matter where they live.

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