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Managing Bad Weather Days: 5 Ways Educators Can Use Edmentum Courseware to Keep Students from Falling Behind

Managing Bad Weather Days: 5 Ways Educators Can Use Edmentum Courseware to Keep Students from Falling Behind

Most students and teachers don't mind getting an unexpected day off for bad weather. But, instructional time is finite, so when school is cancelled teachers must figure out how to help students master the same amount of content in less time. With Edmentum Courseware, instruction doesn't have to stop when school doors close--students have access to engaging pedagogically sound curriculum anytime, from anywhere they have an internet connection.

Here are five ways that you can use Edmentum Courseware to keep students on track during school closures.

1. Stay the course

If your students use online courses as their primary mode of content delivery, which is often the case in credit recovery programs, then encourage them to continue working on their courses from home. Some students will be intrinsically motivated to do so because they want to complete their courses as quickly as possible, while others will benefit from being given a goal to master a certain number of modules before returning to the classroom.

2. Preview new content

If you use online courses alongside traditional instruction, one way students can make the most of their time off is to preview content that will be taught when they come back to school. Use Edmentum Courseware's Flex Assignments feature to assign your students the exact module or modules you want them to complete. You can even pull in content from multiple courses into the same assignment. As your students are working, you can view their progress and their levels of mastery of the content. When school resumes, use the mastery data to drive your instruction. You may learn that most students were able to master the standard using the online course so you only need to provide a brief review instead of a full lesson. Or, at the very least, students will have a head start on mastering the concept, resulting in fewer students needing to be remediated later. Either way, you are able to make up some of the lost instructional time caused by the bad weather day.

3. Reteach

A day (or more) away from regular instruction can provide a great opportunity for students to work on content that they are struggling with. For example, if a student had trouble with graphing linear equations when you taught it last week, assign the corresponding module from the Edmentum Courseware Algebra I course to reteach it. Teacher-friendly reports let you see how the student responds to the questions within the tutorial, the practice, and the mastery test, so when school resumes you will have a clear picture of how to proceed. Because the online module presents the content in a way that is different from traditional instruction, working through it independently may be enough to clear up any misconceptions and move the student to mastery without taking up class time.

4. Review

A lot of content is covered throughout a school year, and by the second semester, students may forget some of what they learned earlier in the school year if that knowledge isn't accessed often. You can use bad weather days as an opportunity for students to review concepts you taught earlier in the school year, especially if those topics will likely show up on end-of-year assessments. For instance, if your students learned about the Civil War back in September, and it will be on the A.P. test in April, have them work through modules related to the Civil War in the Edmentum Courseware U.S. History Course while they are out of school. Students will be better prepared for the assessment, and you will save some class time that otherwise would have had to be dedicated to test prep.

5. Extend

As I’ve already mentioned, classroom instruction time is finite. There are often many additional topics that teachers would like to explore with students, but they can't because there just isn't enough time. When school is out for bad weather, use students’ time at home to have them dig in to a topic that takes what they have learned in the classroom one step further. For example, have you been wishing you had the time to teach your high schoolers basic personal finance concepts as a part of the math curriculum, or extend your students' understanding of persuasive writing through lessons on marketing? Assign students modules from Edmentum Courseware's CTE courses to align to the specific extension topics you want them to work on while school is out. When school resumes, engage students in a discussion about what they learned and how it ties back to the original subject area. Instead of returning to the classroom behind, your students will come back with a new understand of how the concepts they are learning in school connect to the real world.

Want to learn more about how to use the Edmentum Courseware features mentioned in this post? If you’re already a customer, check out the Help Center inside the program for lots of helpful tips, tricks, and tutorials. Not a customer yet? Learn more about Edmentum Courseware here!

This blog was originally published on February 7, 2018. 

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Regina Waddell is a Program Marketing Manager at Edmentum and over the past seven years has helped both educators and Edmentum employees learn how to successfully implement technology in the classroom. Before her time at Edmentum, Regina spent seven years teaching; two years helping students increase their scores on college entrance exams in the private sector, and five teaching bilingual education in Dallas, TX. Regina holds a BBA from Austin College and an M.Ed in Educational Leadership and Policy from the University of Texas at Arlington.

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