As a math teacher for the past nine years, I taught various grade levels of math to a very diverse array of students. During that time I used almost a dozen textbooks and materials to some degree in order to make math more interesting and engaging for my students. I’ve become a huge fan of the
Dan Meyer-style “textbook makeover,” which involves using a textbook question but it apart until just the core of the question remains. The goal is to make students think harder and more abstractly about what they are solving. OpenEd is built on a platform of, Assessment to Instruction – the idea that through formative assessments, all students are able to gain the confidence and knowledge base to be able to do better in this kind of complex problem solving environment.
OpenEd recently announced Textbook Lesson Plans aligned to textbook series from Pearson/Prentice Hall, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, McGraw-Hill, and Big Ideas Math. We know textbooks will continue to be used in many classrooms across the United States and elsewhere. However, we feel that our resources can help students along in a more personalized and dynamic way. Each textbook lesson plan takes the textbooks lesson-by-lesson and, and gives resources such as videos, games, and formative assessments for the students to take to gauge their understanding. They are NOT a replacement to the actual textbook, simply an extension to make the text more meaningful for students and the learning more accessible for students
The lesson plans themselves are free, but for additional assessments per standard, we offer the use of our premium library of assessments for teachers to more accurately get a pulse of where the students stand. All assessment results go to a Mastery Chart so teachers can see exactly how students answered, what resources they watched in remediation, and how the classes are doing as a whole. In addition, teachers can still customize additional learning resources for individual students struggling with a particular topic.
Textbooks are not usually geared towards teaching students; just a reference to find problems and make it easier for teachers to logically work through content. Our videos and games are student-centered, free, and help students know where they stand on content knowledge and strategies.
To add a textbook lesson to your class, just select your grade/subject and textbooks available will pop up on class creation. The image shows part of the Course 1 Textbook Lesson Plan.
Some teachers may still be tied to textbooks, but we don’t need to be bound by their limitations!
Brandon Dorman is the Lead Content Curator of OpenEd.com. He taught in Fresno Unified School District since 2006 and has a Masters in Curriculum and Instruction from Fresno Pacific University. He has been an active user of OpenEd since 2013 and joined the team full time in June 2015 in beautiful Los Gatos, CA.