Horray! It's the end of the year! Either you are already done or you are soooo close to being done (depending on where you are in the country). I wanted to share something I have been exploring for the last few months. If you are already thinking about next year, this is a great resource to look in to. If you're still getting ready for summer, this is a great free resource that is available all summer for students.
Zearn is "personalized digital lessons and small group teaching and learning." (Their words, not mine). Students learn and complete lessons and activities online, while transferring some portions of the lesson to a paper pencil workbook. The program is based on Eureka Math and Engage New York and is completely free. It gives students individualized learning and support while giving teachers valuable data to drive their instruction.
It became available in January for 1st and I was excited to check it out. It is currently available for 1-4, but will be K-5 this fall.
I played around with it this year to see what it could look like with ZONES. The paper workbook is something you print for free off of the site. It could be done with many different devices and worked into your day with only a few devices. During math, I used it to supplement my whole group instruction. For instance, I would give a focused mini-lesson, the students would Zearn for 15 minutes and then go on to 30 minutes of ZONES. I would meet with small groups or conference with students during both Zearn and ZONES time. I could also see it being an option for On Your Own in some classrooms. While there are directed portions to the program, the majority is work the students complete on their own.
I am sending the modules we didn't get to this year home with students for summer practice. For those who don't have internet access at home (I teach in the country), parents are still able to see the concepts they should be working on and have mastered in 1st.
So . . . check it out! How could you see this working into your math time?
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