While digital tools have the potential to improve learning outcomes, research shows that paper and pencil work is still essential to knowledge transfer and retention. That is why we made paper and pencil work a critical part of the Zearn Math learning experience. Zearn Printed Materials for students include:
Most Independent Digital Lessons include guided Student Notes. Student Notes are printed problems that students are prompted to complete on paper during the Guided Practice experience. There are typically 3–4 problems in a Guided Practice experience, and one usually includes Student Notes. This helps students transfer their digital learning and helps students strengthen retention. Students receive digital support as they complete their Student Notes, providing them with learning opportunities as they check their work. Teachers check Student Notes weekly to monitor engagement, celebrate self-checking, and note the variety of strategies being used by students. Student Notes for each Mission are included in Zearn Workbooks or can be downloaded and printed individually from teacher accounts.
Once a student completes all questions in the Tower of Power correctly, he/she moves to the paper Exit Ticket. Exit Tickets are un-scaffolded so teachers can see how well kids transfer their learning to paper. Paper Exit Tickets are included in Zearn Workbooks or can be downloaded and printed individually from teacher accounts.
After students complete the Tower of Power and Exit Ticket, they use the Printed Goal Tracker to keep track of their progress towards their Independent Digital Lesson completion goals. Printed Lesson Trackers for each Mission are included in Zearn Workbooks or can be downloaded and printed individually from teacher accounts.
Mid-Mission and End of Mission Assessments
Mid-Mission Assessments and End of Mission Assessments help teachers assess if students retain their understanding. Teachers should use these as a more formal way to check in on learning. For this reason, these should be completed independently and without assistance from the teachers. All Assessments can be downloaded and printed individually from teacher accounts.
Optional Problem Sets
An optional Printed Problem Set aligned to each Lesson is available within Teacher Accounts. These Optional Printed Problem Sets are used to create the digital questions in the Tower of Power, which is the independent practice experience in the Independent Digital Lessons. Part of the Printed Problem Sets could be used as additional optional practice.
Printable homework aligned to each Mission is available within Teacher Accounts.