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Three Ways Educators are Using Study Island Printable Worksheets to Support Students

Three Ways Educators are Using Study Island Printable Worksheets to Support Students

Every year around this time, I love picking out a new agenda for the upcoming calendar year. Others around me have asked why I still use a paper planner when I pretty much carry around a digital calendar in my pocket or purse all day long. It may seem redundant, but there is just something about crossing off a project or task on paper that makes me feel accomplished and organized. The appeal of printables is also not lost on teachers and students.

As a 21st century digital curricula provider, Edmentum excels at delivering technology-based solutions for the classroom. This has been especially important during a year filled with change and adaptation. But, woven throughout our digital solutions are printable resources for our learners. Some may think these are old school—how could they work for the 2020–2021 classroom when so many schools are now learning virtually from home?

There’s value and power in providing an analog resource in a virtual world. First and foremost, we must consider the equity challenge that virtual presents. Not every student has access to the Internet or up-to-date devices. We have also started to hear the term floating around this year. Just as adults can be burnt out on the overuse of virtual communication, students can as well. It’s important to for educators to have tools to combat these factors and give students time away from screens to maintain productivity.

printable worksheets for every subject and topic, allowing teachers to use the question banks to provide a pen-to-paper, physical assignment for their learners. In the past, we’ve seen schools use these in a variety of innovative ways.

Remediation 

One way to use Study Island printable worksheets is specifically for remediation. As soon as teachers identify that learners are struggling, they can print off a worksheet for that skill in a previous grade level. Teachers are also able to use the option of removing the multiple-choice answers, making every question open-ended. Seeing the students’ handwritten responses allows educators to better identify where the students’ knowledge gaps are. How are they working through this material? How are they describing their answers? Are they showing their work? These printables are capturing a little more information to help instructors decide their next steps. 

A Break from the Screen

It can be a challenge for a teacher to find time to work with a smaller group of students in the In a brick-and-mortar classroom, station-rotations  help create a situation where teachers are freed up to work with smaller groups. In order to do this in a virtual setting, teachers could create “breakout rooms” within Zoom or another video-conferencing system, making one of the breakouts feature time away from the screen to work on a meaningful practice with a printable. The other stations could involve working with the teacher and working with smaller groups. Once students arrive at the teacher-manned station, the group can discuss the results from the printable worksheet, and the instructor can provide valuable feedback on student work, using it as a chance to deepen knowledge and fill gaps.

Extra Credit

When I was a teacher, I remember receiving calls from parents and desperate pleas from students, all saying the same thing, “Are there any opportunities for extra credit?” As a teacher, this request made me tense up. Of course, I wanted to provide extra credit opportunities, but I didn’t want to have to create them myself! Who has time for that? It always felt like extra credit for my students just translated to extra work for me. Using Study Island printable worksheets takes this stress away. Not only does Study Island provide teachers with the content itself in printable format, but also it gives teachers the answer key, as well as a detailed explanation for every single question. In the era of “work smarter, not harder,” Study Island printables are an easily accessible extra-credit option.

One instructor I knew took the detailed explanations, printed them off with the worksheet, cut the explanations into word strips, and handed the explanations and worksheet to a student simultaneously. The goal was to have the student complete the worksheet, and also have him or her identify which explanation most appropriately fit each question. It was a brilliant way to increase depth of knowledge.

Classrooms everywhere have changed over the last year, and technology is more prevalent in the day-to-day happenings in education. Students were (and still are) able to continue their learning when school closures occurred as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Digital resources have helped transform classrooms, provide additional options for students, and save teachers time.

Even still, my pen-and-paper agenda will always be in my bag, with many lists of crossed out tasks. It’s old-school cool.

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This post was originally published November 2018 and has been updated.

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Brittany Becker

Brittany Becker currently serves as a Marketing Specialist at Edmentum, and has been with the company since 2016. Before her time at Edmentum, Brittany studied both Early Childhood and Elementary Education, and eventually went on to teach 4th grade in Title 1 schools. Because of her background in education, Brittany is passionate about providing educators across the United States and the world with the tools and best practices to empower their students each day in the classroom.