David Lerner

Piscataway, NJ

David Lerner
Somerville High School
Piscataway, NJ
How do you use Actively Learn in the classroom?

In-class reading, assigned reading for homework, quizzes, and identification in context of literary terms and authorial techniques.

What problems were you experiencing in your classroom or school prior to adopting Actively Learn? 

Shortage of textbooks/"forgot my book"-itis.

What solutions did you try to address problems in your school/classroom prior to adopting Actively Learn? 

Xeroxing/sharing/book tape.

How has Actively Learn helped improve your students’ learning and/or your teaching? 

For the students, the ability to have the text and questions and notes and links all in one place, specifically chosen by me for my teaching needs/approach, has increased their learning and interest. For me, the ability to include questions, notes, images, and links has allowed me to "be there" more when the students read the text at home and to better assess their understanding and learning.

How do you use Actively Learn with your students? What type of content do you assign? 

I have them read the assigned number of pages and answer the questions I have added, then I grade their responses [the ability for me to make comments on their responses, especially the automatic re-appearance of prior similar comments, is a great feature!] and review them. I have used all genres which were available at your site - novels, poems, short stories, essays, etc.