During their daily math block, students will explore the same math concepts in two ways. Alongside their peers and teacher, students will model math with concrete manipulatives, represent their work on paper, discuss their reasoning aloud, and receive direct feedback from their teacher as well as from peers. Independently, students will use self-paced, software-based lessons to explore and practice concepts with concrete and digital manipulatives, interactive videos, and pictorial representations, receiving precise digital feedback at the moment of misconception.
When designing our curriculum and testing it with thousands of teachers and students around the country, we learned that some lessons are better suited to be explored by students alongside their peers and teacher, rather than in Digital Lessons. This could be for a number of reasons: the lesson was predominantly a review of concepts covered in previous Digital Lessons, the lesson introduced above-grade-level concepts that would be better taught in a small group, or the math concept was more easily understood through the use of hands-on manipulatives during Concept Exploration.
When students are moved past an omitted Digital Lesson, a card will appear in their Student Feed to let them know that they are skipping a lesson and moving on to the next lesson in the Digital Sequence.