Zearn Math’s curriculum and classroom model is designed to support struggling students. Within student materials, every Independent Digital Lesson is embedded with personalized remediation paths that allow students to stay on grade-level content while receiving precise remediation on concepts they are struggling with. Additionally, every Independent Digital Lesson starts with Number Gym to bridge K-2 math foundations. Within teacher materials, Small Group Lessons are notated with optional problems for struggling students, and Zearn Reports help teachers identify where students struggled in a particular concept as well as students’ progress in each Mission. Within the classroom model, struggling students are supported by daily small group instruction where students can deeply engage with their teacher, Independent Digital Lessons where students learn at their own pace, and weekly Flex Days where students can work on specific content they need support with.
Teachers should ensure the following supports are in place to support struggling students:
Whole Group Supports
- During Whole Group Word Problem, adjust the difficulty of the problem by offering different number choices or context.
- During Whole Group Fluency, allow students to use concrete manipulatives.
- During oral Fluency work, provide different number choices for students so that they can choose the difficulty of the problem they solve.
Small Group Supports
- Provide frequent checks for understanding and encourage direct feedback from peers.
- Prompt students to show their thinking in a variety of ways.
- Provide multiple entry points to word problems, so students can understand and solve them in a variety of ways.
- Use the optional problems provided in each Small Group Lessons to support struggling students.
- Use Teacher Reports to assess student learning and inform instruction to focus on the exact concepts a student is struggling with.
- Allow students to work with concrete manipulatives to model and explain their thinking.
- Give students the daily opportunity to learn from peers’ reasoning and discuss their own math reasoning aloud.
- If students are struggling with a big idea, use concrete manipulatives for longer in that lesson. Use real objects as much and as often as possible.
Independent Digital Lessons
- Support students in working through Independent Digital Lessons at their own pace. When working at their own pace students have the opportunity to learn new concepts with problem setup and solution paths that are supported visually and verbally by on-screen teachers, and receive personalized remediation paths with pictures and manipulatives that address misconceptions. Students should continue to work at their own pace even if they take longer to finish an Independent Digital Lesson than other students.
- Ensure students are familiar with the audio buttons in each Independent Digital Lesson that can read text aloud to students. If your students would like that text read out loud to them in another language, we recommend using Google Chrome and their Dictation plug-in.
- Ensure students are familiar with the video player in Independent Digital Lesson that can be paused and rewound so students can view the video again.
- Check Student Notes to review how students are representing their thinking.
- Provide students with access to concrete manipulatives to use while they engage in Independent Digital Lessons.
- Use Teacher Reports to assess student learning and ensure students are not blocked in any component of the Independent Digital Lesson.
Flex Day or additional learning time
- Assign Foundational Missions as homework or during Flex Day. It is important to use a Foundational Mission to support a struggling student, rather than a unaligned Mission, because the content students learn in each Foundational Mission supports their Core Day learning.
- Use the optional practice problems from the Printed Problem Set or Printed Homework.