Purpose of Focus Lessons
Focus Lessons are designed for teachers to use to in either their preparation to teach new standard-related content or to deliver instruction directly to students. The content in each Focus Lesson is related to one or more standard-level objectives.
You can choose to use some or all of the Focus Lessons based on your students’ needs. Because the content generally builds in complexity from beginning to end, we recommend you present Focus Lessons in their suggested order--even if you do not cover all of them. Each Focus Lesson varies in length and can take more or less time depending on your class size, student readiness, and how you choose to present it. We estimate each Focus item should take between 15-20 minutes to complete. We recommend presenting approximately 1-2 Focus items per day in conjunction with other math programs of your choice. In some cases, it might make sense to present more than this, but we believe the individual teacher is the best person to determine this.
Features of Focus Lessons
1. Printable Questions: Teachers can print off the questions ahead of time so that they can present the Focus Lesson without the answers showing.
2. Preparation vs. Presentation Mode: The Focus Lessons will automatically show in “Prep” mode, where teachers can explore as part of their instructional planning. When you are ready to deliver the Lesson to your students, you can click the button in the upper right-hand corner and switch to “Presentation” mode, where the screen widens and teachers can hide the questions/answers or allow them to populate one at a time.
3. Differentiation Ideas: Clicking on the “lightbulb” icon will display ideas for remediation or challenge, depending on how students respond during instruction.
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