Zearn Math is designed to allow teachers to reach each student, so all students can love learning math. Each day, students learn with Independent Digital Lessons that include embedded supports for all learners, including frequent check-ins to monitor understanding, problem solving paths that are supported visually and verbally by on-screen teachers, and personalized remediation paths with pictures and manipulatives that address misconceptions. Students are also supported with daily Small Group Lessons that create a lower risk instructional setting than whole-class instruction. In addition, there are classroom strategies that may need to be emphasized or modified to reach a range of learners and situations.
You can learn about the full set of accessibility features embedded in the Zearn student experience in our Zearn Accessibility Overview. Teachers should also ensure the following supports are in place to support students who may be struggling with a particular concept:
Small Group Supports:
- Ensure all students have the opportunity to learn from peers’ reasoning, discuss their own reasoning aloud, and use concrete manipulatives to model and explain their thinking.
- Provide students with frequent checks for understanding.
- Provide multiple entry points to word problems.
- Use the optional problems provided in each Small Group Lesson to provide students with more practice.
- Use Teacher Reports to inform instruction to focus on the exact concepts a student is struggling with.
- If students are struggling with a big idea, use concrete manipulatives for longer in that lesson.
Independent Digital Lesson Supports
- Support students in working at their own pace. 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 complete the Number Gym component of Independent Digital Lessons, which is designed to bridge K-2 math foundations.
- Ensure students are familiar with the audio buttons that can read text aloud to students. Learn more about the audio supports available in Independent Digital Lessons.
- Ensure students are familiar with how to pause and rewind the video player.
- Check Student Notes to review how students are representing their thinking.
- Ensure all students have access to concrete manipulatives.
- Use Teacher Reports to 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 student struggling with a specific concept, rather than an unaligned Mission, because the content students learn in each Foundational Mission supports their Core Day learning.
- Use the optional practice problems from the Paper Problem Set or Paper Homework.