Joann Phillips

Vista, CA

Joann Phillips
Grossmont High School
Vista, CA
How do you use Actively Learn in your classroom?

In-class reading, assigned reading for homework, research, and quizzes.

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

I struggled to find a digital platform that allowed me to uniformly create reading analysis content.

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

I used Google Forms as well as Achieve 3000 and NewsELA.

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

Actively Learn has allowed me to create complex questions addressing depth of knowledge analysis within my curriculum's readings (not outside of it). Student receive immediate feedback and are encouraged to evaluate the questioning process as a means to developing the complexity of their answers.

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

I use Actively Learn for ALL of my nonfiction and short fiction reading, aligning the questions to a questioning template for consistency. Students also use the notes they take to write essays. Additionally, in the EL classes, I use Actively Learn for listening practice and feedback.What advice would you have for teachers who are new to Actively Learn? *Create a questioning template and take the time to develop GOOD analytical multiple choice questions. You really only want to grade 1 or 2 short responses per reading, otherwise the grading will be overwhelming and the students' responses will be less developed.