Students learn new concepts and extend their understanding during the Guided Practice portion of Independent Digital Lessons. Students experience one of four different Guided Practice activities—Story Time, Math Chat, Learning Lab, or Z-Squad. Each activity creates a rich learning environment for students through interactive and multisensory videos featuring real on-screen teachers, digital manipulatives, and paper-and-pencil Student Notes. There are also differences between specific activities intentionally designed to help students develop along additional dimensions. For example, Z-Squad helps students grow their own understanding of themselves as competent mathematicians by featuring similarly aged and diverse on-screen students working through problems and encountering and persevering through challenge.
During the Guided Practice portion of Independent Digital Lessons, students are prompted to complete problems in their paper Student Notes to transfer their software-based learning and strengthen knowledge retention. After solving an un-scaffolded problem in their notes, students are also prompted to check and correct their work. These Student Notes serve as a reference that students can use throughout the remainder of the Independent Digital Lesson and during future learning. There are typically 3–4 problems in a Guided Practice experience, and one usually includes paper Student Notes. Student Notes for each Mission are included in Zearn Workbooks or can be downloaded and printed individually from teacher accounts.
You can experience our four types of Guided Practice activities here: