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Managing Bad Weather Days: 4 Ways to Use Exact Path to Keep Learning On Track

Managing Bad Weather Days: 4 Ways to Use Exact Path to Keep Learning On Track

For much of the country, one or more bad weather days are inevitable each school year. Good news though—through the use of technology, those inclimate weather days don’t have to mean a shorter holiday break or tacked-on days at the end of the school year! Instead, more and more districts are getting credit for instructional minutes even while school doors are closed by using what are commonly being referred to as e-learning, digital, or virtual learning days. You guessed it—in between snowball fights and cups of hot cocoa, students are connecting with their teacher and turning in their assignments, all from the comfort of their own homes.

Sandy Mountain, principal at Random Lake Elementary School in Random Lake, Wisconsin, said it best: “This isn’t just, ‘There’s a folder with some worksheets in it in case we don’t come to school one day. Just sit there and do those worksheets.’" That’s not the goal. [Instead, it’s,] ‘How do you make that learning continuous? Here’s where we left off in the class on Tuesday, now Wednesday you’re at home. Here we go.”

If your school or district is using Exact Path to power personalized learning, like Principal Mountain’s does, then you know that you already have access to an online program that can be used around the clock from any Internet-enabled device of your students’ choosing.

Just take it from someone who’s already put this tool to work for her school’s recent virtual learning day: “We know to use it about 30 minutes a week per subject,” said Ms. Mountain. “So, it’s not like, ‘Hey, open up Exact Path, and go!’ That was not the intention of it at all. But, we had two virtual days—Monday, January 28, and Wednesday, January 30. You cannot tell looking at the usage numbers that we were not in the building those days. We had just as many logins as we did on a very typical school day.”

To ensure that your inclement weather days are as thoughtfully organized and successful as Ms. Mountain’s, we’ve assembled four ways that you can use Exact Path to turn a snow day into a virtual learning day.

  1. Continue Your Individualized Approach

As long as students have completed a diagnostic assessment (or you’ve uploaded scores from one of our assessment partners, like NWEA), then all of your learners have access to an individualized learning path of “just-right” curriculum that they can continue working on, wherever they are. You can also rest assured that each lesson is designed to include direct instruction, practice, and a mastery quiz so that students can be successful independently. And, when they show signs of struggle, know that automated Building Blocks immediately trigger remediation to get them back on track.

  1. Deploy Assignments to Keep to Your Scope and Sequence

In addition to allowing students to work wherever they are in their learning journey, it’s just as important that they’re gaining on-grade-level knowledge and skills. To do this, you can easily search for content by standard or skill and create a class or small-group assignment in just a few clicks. So, you were supposed to teach fractions today? Not to worry, find the curriculum components you want students to work on and build a digital assignment they can sink their teeth into so that learning never skips a beat.

  1. Turn At-Home Learning into a Class Challenge

Let’s be honest—you know your students would rather be creating snow-filled memories or binging their favorite TV show than doing schoolwork, so you might need to build in some extra incentives to get them working. Enter Exact Path Challenges! If you haven’t used this feature already, here’s a recap: set a goal around time spent learning or skills mastered, and assign a prize of your choosing. Maybe you can organize a little class celebration if everybody takes part or simply award individuals who rise to the challenge.

  1. Offer Just-in-Time Remediation

As the educator, you have real-time insight into how students are performing in their learning paths. Did students fail a Mastery Quiz? Fall behind on a Progress Check? Just get a Building Block assigned? You’ll know it! Real-time notifications, coupled with our friendly Knowledge Map, make it easy to see when learning gets off track. And, even when students are not in the classroom, you can still glean meaningful information and make a plan to right the ship directly from Exact Path. Begin by reviewing student answers on the recent learning module where they were unsuccessful. Your teacher’s Spidey-sense can probably easily identify where misconceptions lie. Then, turn to the aligned teacher resources to assign an instructional video, designate an additional piece of content, or simply make a note to pull the students aside when school is back in session.

Want to learn more about how to use the Exact Path features mentioned in this post? As a customer, you have access to a rich help center of tips, tricks, and user guides from directly within the program. Not a customer yet? View an in-product demonstration of our powerful digital solution.

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