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Supporting the Whole Learner in Exact Path

Supporting the Whole Learner in Exact Path

The concept of the whole learner is grounded in neuroscience, and it tells us that learning occurs in an integrated way at all stages of development. A whole-learner approach to education encompasses a diversity of learning experiences and pedagogical techniques that reflect the interconnected way we learn, develop skills, and interact with our world.  

In this blog post, we will look at how Edmentum creates curricula using this approach to support the needs of the whole learner and maximize student outcomes, and we will unpack what that looks like in Exact Path lessons. 

The Research & Edmentum’s Commitment 

High-impact learning approaches are made possible when the whole brain is engaged.  At Edmentum, we believe in supporting a whole learner model that is integrated into the fabric of your teaching and learning practices. We are committed to helping students experience high impact learning through the use of durable skills, such as cognitive flexibility, self-awareness, and responsible decision making, in conjunction with their academic content, using pedagogically sound approaches. 

Whole Brain Learning in Exact Path 

Edmentum is living this commitment by applying a whole-brain learning approach to newly developed content in Exact Path, our individualizing learning program for K–12 math, reading, and language arts. 

Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion 

One way to engage a child’s whole brain is to see themselves reflected in content. Taking these essential steps starts with our approach to diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) in the robust cast of characters found in our early elementary curriculum.  

Our whole-brain learning approach starts with our commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) in the robust cast of characters we use in our early elementary curricula. Our expanded character set is based on U.S. Census Bureau data, is voiced by a diverse cast, has been vetted by DEI experts, and the characters include balanced representation. Taking these essential steps allows all students to see themselves reflected in their learning materials. 

Executive Function & Metacognitive Skills 

Newly created content in Exact Path effectively integrates executive function—the mental processes that enable us to plan, focus attention, remember instructions, and manage multiple tasks successfully—and metacognition skills through animated character interactions. When the characters are conversing and exploring an academic topic, they’re modeling essential skills to stimulate whole brain learning. 

These skills include: 

  • working memory, inhibitory control, and cognitive flexibility  
     
  • self-awareness, self-management, social-awareness, relationship skills, and responsible decision-making, critical thinking, problem-solving 

Take a look at this clip to see these skills in a lesson:  

Specific readers or books embedded in our reading content are also written to target specific executive function and social-emotional skills and meet the academic standards of the skill being developed. One such example (shown in the following screenshot)  teaches story structure and also models prosocial skills grounded in real-world experiences.  

Strengths-Based Reinforcements 

Exact Path content also purposefully integrates strengths-based reinforcements within item responses found in practice modules to develop a growth mindset. When students answer a question incorrectly, they hear statements like: “Don’t give up! You can do this. Working to solve a problem takes time and effort.” This encourages them to persevere when faced with a new challenge. While we all struggle or fail sometimes, it is what we take these experiences to mean that determines how we feel about ourselves as learners. Do we view struggle as a sign of inadequacy or an intrinsic part of the learning process? See this strengths-based approach in action in this clip: 

Because we know the impact that integrated learning can have on student outcomes, Edmentum continues to implement whole-brain learning when creating new lessons in Exact Path. To learn more, view the full video, Whole-Brain Learning in Exact Path, and read more on our website. 

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Sian Reilly

Sian joined Edmentum in 2019 and serves as a Senior Marketing Specialist. A former teacher and administrator, Sian believes that individualized, whole learner education is the key to powerfully transforming students, campuses, and communities. Sian is passionate about connecting educators with information to meet their specific needs in an ever-evolving education environment.