Category Archives: Teacher Features

4 Effective Resolutions for Your Classroom in the New Year

 

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Welcome to 2015 and second semester! The New Year is a time for planning how you can make this year even better than the last. We’d like to recommend Four Effective Resolutions for Your Classroom in the New Year. Get inspired to… 

1. Stay Positive. The second semester stretch to summer can be arduous with standardized testing in queue. Keep a positive attitude. You’ll be amazed at how contagious your positive energy can be:

  • “Let’s get this over with.” WRONG!
    When talking about test prep, a negative approach can cause students to immediately disengage and reduce their chances of doing well. Maintain an outlook that builds confidence and compels your students to do their best. Speak about testing practice as an opportunity for exploration and sharpening skills well in advance of test dates. “We’ve got this!”

Be plentiful with positive reinforcement. Stride Academy offers oodles of feedback, allowing you to find positive points for all students as they work hard to fill in skill gaps. Congratulate them on their academic badges, coins earned, and Star points in class-wide contests. Even their total questions answered, total minutes worked and percentage after school show incredible perseverance!

Dashboard: Academic Badges by Student

Dashboard: Academic Badges by Student

2. Have a Growth Plan. What goals will you set for each student to reach by year-end?

  • Utilize PMAs. Two more Progress Monitoring Assessments are available to you in second semester. Use them to identify remaining gaps and measure growth. (Form 3 is open Jan. 10 to Feb. 14, and Form 4 is open Feb. 15 to April 4). 
  • Keep watch using your Dashboard and real-time reports.

Help your students visualize their growth. Using visual means to show student gains is proven to engage students in their lessons and help them understand the value of the work they are doing. Allow them to see the graphs and data from the Individual Student Details view of your Dashboard or their Student Progress Reports.

Dashboard: Student Details View

Dashboard: Student Details View

3. Give Individual Time & Attention to Students. Find a way to focus on each student individually. Schedule regular one-on-one time or assign individual classroom jobs. Nurture a relationship, and you’ll find students are more comfortable communicating with you about their academic concerns (and even personal matters if they need you).

  • Tip: Assign (and rotate) meaningful classroom jobs that your students are capable of, like media/computer monitor, running errands, taking attendance or watering plants. Reward them with extra coins and let them know they did a good job of meeting your expectations

Enjoy your students more while you can; by year-end, you’ll be saying goodbye to a great group of kids.

Rewards: Transact Coins

Rewards: Transact Coins

4. Stay Organized: Teach Smarter, not Harder. Second semester is an easy time to get overwhelmed as you push toward end of year objectives. Use technology to your advantage:

  • Use Student Grouping Reports to organize small groups of students with similar skill abilities/deficiencies.
  • Design your own reporting system. Decide when and how often you need to analyze student data via your Dashboard and real-time reports. Is it on Friday − weekly or biweekly? Set reminders on your email calendar for periodic data review. Be sure to also schedule emailed parent reports via the Reports tab.

Use Quiz Builder to easily create quizzes that reinforce unit/lesson plans, or retest students on specific skills. Share quizzes with your fellow teachers, so no one has to recreate the wheel. Remember that Stride Academy’s curriculum unpacks your state’s standards for you. It doesn’t get more organized than that! 

Choose Skills in Quiz Builder

Choose Skills in Quiz Builder

As always, our Customer Support team is here to help you with your teaching goals and getting the most from your Stride Academy subscription. To reach them, email support@LTSed.com or call toll-free: 866.552.9192. 

Happy New Year from LTS Education Systems and Stride Academy!

New Features on the Teacher Dashboard!

Check out the NEW Stride Academy Teacher Dashboard!

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While the work of a teacher is more complex as focus shifts from the class to the individual student, our New Teacher Dashboard has some exciting updates to continuously track student performance and incorporate personalized learning in the classroom.

This real-time dashboard allows you to quickly access needs and prescribe appropriate curriculum for your students. Here are a few highlights of these new features:

Class Performance

Easily view your students’ progress, above or below grade level, by looking at these bar graphs. Click on any section to drill down to student data.

*Don’t miss important notifications for your class posted at the top of your Teacher Dashboard.

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Students At-A-Glance: Adaptive Engine event indicators reveal problem points at a glance. Students are organized into three convenient groups – Students Potentially at Risk, Students on Pace and Students Thriving. Clicking on an individual student name links to individual student results.

Clicking on the View link for any student who is potentially at risk will lead you to a more detailed explanation of the issue.

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Academic Badges: Academic badges are awarded when a student has, (a) answered at least 80% of the available questions in a skill category, and (b) scored at least 70% correct for all of their answers in the skill. This includes a student’s correct answer on the second attempt at a question.

Click View All Student Academic Badges to see a complete list by student.

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Individual Student Performance by Subject

Clicking on any student’s name will lead you to the Individual Student Performance view revealing at-a-glance information for general performance by each subject.

Print this screen (or Save in PDF format). Use this real-time report of the student’s skill performance to plan differentiated instruction, targeted skills practice, and monitor progress on specific standards over time.

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Student performance is organized by curriculum and broken down into standards to identify areas of need. Quickly assign available educational resources aligned to skills.

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Graphs show performance by both grade level difficulty and subject. Mouse over the graph to see percentages.

Red signifies less than 50% correct answers. Yellow signifies 50-70% correct answers. Green signifies 71-100% correct answers.

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Don’t Miss the New Teacher Dashboard Webinar!

Mark your calendars to join us Wednesday, Oct. 22 at 3:30pm CST for our New Teacher Dashboard Webinar hosted by Tamra Barron, LTS Director of Training. To register, click here and complete the form. You don’t want to miss out on learning about these new updates!

Help Migrant Students Succeed with Stride Academy

Welcome Migrant Students

 

 

 

 

 

 Help them Succeed with Stride Academy.                                                                     Immediate, Affordable and Personalized Support for Migrant Students.

This year, 50,000 migrant students will enter U.S. schools facing major challenges. The Stride Academy online adaptive learning platform can help:

  • Overcome language challenges: Spanish and Simplified English translations of our Math and Reading curriculum (aligned to your state standards) support English Language Learners.
  • Immediately assess learning abilities: Take away the guesswork by quickly identifying what migrant students already know, and exactly where they need to begin remediating and growing skills in each subject area.
  • Build self-confidence in an unfamiliar environment: Continuous positive feedback and game-based rewards such as badges provide reinforcement and motivation.

Spanish and Simplified English Translations of Math and Reading Curriculum                    (PreK-Grade 8)

Our Spanish translations allow migrant students who speak little to no English the opportunity to begin immediately working on Math and Reading curriculum. Behind the scenes, their skill abilities are assessed and helpful data reports are instantly generated to inform teachers of their strengths and weaknesses.

See Questions in English

 

“See Question in English”: Clicking this button in the top right corner allows English Language Learners to quickly toggle between the Spanish translation and English.

 

 

English Language Learners have the burden of learning English at the same time that they are expected to learn subject matter content. ELLs can gradually work their way from using the Spanish translations toward using our Simplified English translations, which replace seemingly complex English terms with words that are likely to be familiar to ELLs. This allows them to more easily grasp the concepts being taught:

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Ease of navigation even for technology novices.

While technology may be new to many migrant students, Stride Academy is easy to navigate using only a mouse, or by touch on a trackpad, to click through content and select answers. Bold graphics and illustrations assist ELLs in navigating the program and understanding the content.

Stride Continuing Education Webinars

Stride Continuing Education Webinars Start Back August 14! Join us for “New Tools for Back to School.”

Dive Right In to Stride this Fall, with Exciting New Features!

Start off the school year right! Join us any Thursday morning from Aug. 14-Sept. 11 at 8:30 a.m. CST, to learn what YOU can accomplish in your classroom this year using Stride Academy teacher tools!
Here are a few new features you can expect to preview in our “New Tools for Back to School” webinar:
1. NEW STUDENT ARCHIVE TOOL: Allows you to quickly import students who were enrolled in Stride last year, into your class for this year! Setting up your class in Stride has never been easier.
2. NEW STUDENT GROWTH REPORT: Generate this valuable new report whenever you want to explore student growth from one period to another (week to week, or month to month — you set the date range!)
3. NEW ACADEMIC BADGES: An added incentive for students to work hard and practice in Stride! Academic badges are awarded for mastery on every skill in Math, Reading and Science.

To reserve your seat at an upcoming webinar, please complete the form at the link below:
Click to select your webinar date/time >>

 

Monitor Student Progress Continuously and Effortlessly with Stride Academy

Research shows that when teachers use student progress monitoring, their instructional decision-making improves, teaching becomes more effective, students become more aware of their own performance – and they learn more!

What if as a teacher, you could monitor your students’ progress in Math, Reading and Science week by week? Stride Academy offers a Student Growth Report to do just that. Generate a Student Growth Report in real-time, anytime, to explore the growth of your students on grade-level work from one date range to another (you set the dates!).

Stride Growth Report Sample

Student Growth Report statistics are the perfect data for parent meetings or one-on-one evaluations with your students. Motivate students to continue learning by keeping them informed on the growth they’ve already achieved!

Coming Soon for Fall 2014: New Dashboards

Take progress monitoring one step further with real-time teacher dashboards. Powerful and practical data continuously tracks how students are performing, day by day. Stride Academy will recommend actions, so you can quickly assign solutions to individual students.

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One Point of Access for Math, Reading and Science: PreK – High School
Stride Academy supports students in PreK – High School with online, adaptive Math, Reading and Science curriculum aligned to Common Core State Standards or your state’s adopted standards. The program is cloud-based for seamless implementation and accessible anytime (during and after school hours) on tablet, PC and Mac with automatic updates.

Thirty Minutes a Week of Self-Learning: An Rx for Success
Thirty minutes of self-learning in Stride Academy, 3x a week, relieves teachers from the complex work of differentiating for every student and enables the teacher to better focus group instructional time. This recommended prescription for success is also proven to help students improve achievement and test scores!

 

 

 

 

U.S. History & Biology Added to Stride Academy Curriculum

Attention U.S. History & Biology Teachers! The school year may be over, but it’s never too early to begin locating resources for student success next year. If you are a U.S. History or Biology teacher, great news: Stride Academy now offers End of Course practice items, video lessons and printable lessons in both subjects. U.S. History and Biology are the latest additions to Stride Academy’s EOC curriculum, which also includes Algebra I & II, Geometry, and English I, II & III.

Here are some of the benefits of Stride Academy’s U.S. History curriculum:

  • For high school students enrolled in U.S. History, Stride Academy U.S. History curriculum assists in preparation for the U.S. History End of Course exams.
  • 500 U.S. History practice items, each supported by video lessons and printable lessons, were researched and created by an educator with more than 30 years of teaching experience in U.S. History.
  • The content covers topics from 1877 to present-day and references important periods of time throughout U.S. History.
  • Political cartoons and visual graphs enhance the content.
  • The curriculum is aligned to individual state standards for U.S. History in 42 states.

Click to view sample U.S. History questions.

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Here are some of the benefits of Stride Academy’s Biology curriculum:

  • For high school students enrolled in Biology, Stride Academy Biology curriculum assists in preparation for the Biology End of Course exams.
  • 500 Biology practice items, each supported by video lessons and printable lessons, were researched and created by educators with vast experience in this subject area.
  • The content was developed to help students gain a deeper understanding of Biology terminology, skills and standards.
  • The curriculum is aligned to individual state standards for Biology in 42 states.

Click to view sample Biology questions.

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Please share this great opportunity with a high school teacher who could benefit!

A 30 Minute Webinar You Don’t Want to Miss- Making Sense of Your Stride Academy Data

You spoke, and we listened. According to our recent customer survey, you aren’t the only one who could benefit from a little expert guidance on reading your Stride Academy reports. We know that making sense of all that data can be overwhelming! That’s why on Wednesday, March 12th at 3:00 pm CST* our Director of Customer Support, Laura LeNoir, will be hosting a thirty minute webinar to help you get down to business when it comes to reading data reports. Find out how to save time by analyzing the most important data for your classroom goals and how to immediately put that data to work in the classroom. Signing up is easy! All you need to do is complete this registration form and an LTS representative will email you with instructions for accessing the webinar. Oh, and don’t forget to invite your friends! They’ll be glad you did!

Make this a year for monumental achievements.

“If we all did the things we are capable of… we would astound ourselves!” 

We love this quote by Thomas Edison. It reminds us that each of us can do anything we set our minds to, and there is no better time to get started than the beginning of a new year!

Watch our new video for some inspiration:
Extraordinary Motivation to Inspire Monumental Achievements
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At LTS, we know that behind every achievement in the life of a young person is a great set of teachers… and this includes parents, because parents are the first teachers we ever have!

Our team is passionate about reaching and teaching every student, so they can be successful. We are equally passionate about equipping teachers to support every learner in the most efficient, effective and engaging ways. Teachers love their jobs and are best at them, when they are able to use their time wisely and make it fun for the students they care so much about. We designed Stride Academy with this in mind.

So to all the amazing teachers out there, we hope you enjoy the powerful new features now available in Stride Academy! We cannot wait to hear the success stories that 2014 holds for you!

Cheers,

The LTS Team

Introducing Quiz Builder!

Are you wrapping up a unit with your class this week? Need to retest on specific skills where you’ve been focusing your instruction lately? Want to quiz your students on their small-group focus areas? You can do all of this with the brand-new Quiz Builder app for Stride Academy!

Teachers, login to your Teacher Control Panel today to get started with Quiz Builder. Choose from every single Math, Reading and Science item in our item bank to build a targeted quiz:

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Need help getting started? Visit the Customer Support Gallery and locate the Quiz Builder Quick Start Guide for Teachers.

Happy Quizzing!

September Stride Webinar Series: Teacher and Administrator Control Panels

Starting the new school year is a busy time for you.
Let’s make it easier in just 30 minutes.

Join a Stride Academy webinar, and let’s explore the exciting new teacher and administrator control panels together! Learn how to use the streamlined controls for importing students, customizing curriculum, turning on assessments, game settings and data reporting!

The September Stride Webinar Series begins Sept. 3, through Sept. 27, 2013:
Select your webinar date and time, and secure your spot by completing this registration form.
Choose from two webinar options:

  • NEW TEACHER CONTROL PANEL: Tuesdays in Sept. at 3:30 p.m. (CST)
  • NEW ADMINISTRATOR CONTROL PANEL: Thursdays in Sept. at 8:30 a.m. (CST)

Cheers!

The LTS Team