What are Lessons?
TenMarks Math Lessons form the backbone of day-to-day teaching and learning. These components provide in-depth instruction on each standard, complete with review of relevant prior learning and targeted activities to introduce new content. Lessons are written at the standard level and include the following components:
- Assess Readiness - identify students’ prior knowledge
- Student Misconceptions - highlight common misconceptions
- Warm Ups - activate prior knowledge and reteach (based on Assess Readiness)
- Focus Lessons - engage students in discussion-based learning
- Extend Understanding - students engage in extension activity
How can I find Lessons?
Select the “Teacher Resources” tab, which will take you to the list of Lessons you currently have organized.
- Use the Search box on the right hand side of the screen to find specific lessons by keyword or standard. You may also choose to click “Explore” and find Lessons categorized by domain.
- Click the resources dropdown menu and select “Lessons.”
- Select “Begin Lesson.”
After clicking “Begin Lesson” you will be directed to an overview page of the Lesson, where you may investigate the standards and prerequisites, view intended learning objectives, click a link to jump to a specific focus lesson or click Start to view the lesson components in entirety.
How can I use Lessons?
You can select as many or as few components of Lessons as you wish to use during class instruction.
Consider using these Lessons components in the following ways:
- Use Assess Readiness or Warm-ups as pre-tests
- Use Warm Ups for quick remediation or review
- Use Focus Lessons in whole group or small group instruction
- Use Extend Understanding for small group enrichment work
- Preview upcoming standard materials to plan your own instruction
You can also print questions ahead of time so students see only the content and animations.
What are Lessons like for students?
Lessons are designed to be used during whole class instruction. You can project and activate animated graphics that, along with our guided discussions, assess student readiness, prepare students for learning, introduce new ideas, or dive deeper into a concept. Student experiences of Lessons will vary depending on how teachers use Lessons in the classroom. We encourage you to use interactive learning strategies such as individual whiteboards, manipulatives, and think-pair-share to engage students and gauge understanding during Lesson delivery.
How can I monitor student progress?
During activities such as Assess Readiness and Warm Ups, student understanding can be measured just as you normally would during lesson delivery through the use of verbal responses, whiteboards, etc. After you determine student readiness, you can select the appropriate Focus Lesson to meet and challenge your students.
The TenMarks Pacing Guide and Alignment Guides will also give you an idea of which TenMarks Assignments, Jam Sessions, Labs, etc. would be most appropriate to assign after delivering one or more Focus Lessons in order to assess understanding.
- Full descriptions of components are as follows:
- Assess Readiness covers prerequisite material, providing formative assessment data to inform instructional decisions about the pacing and sequencing of the upcoming Lesson (e.g., which Warm Ups, if any, are appropriate to use, and how to sequence the Focus Lessons).
- Warm Ups are mini-lessons that draw on foundational standards within the grade and from previous grades, helping teachers efficiently address conceptual gaps in the context of the standard.
- Focus Lessons provide teachers with tools and resources to generate vibrant and productive classroom discussions around the core concepts within a grade level standard. Lessons include rich visuals and animations that promote engagement and conceptual understanding, as well as suggested questions and prompts to support student critical thinking and collaboration.
- Extend Understanding provides additional prompts and/or tasks to help students broaden their thinking beyond the specific Lesson. These sections connect to concepts within and between standard clusters, domains, and grade levels.
- Student Misconceptions give an overview of common misunderstandings students may have or express during the Lesson, helping you anticipate and address challenges.
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