Laurie Brooks

Edenton, NC

Laurie Brooks
John A. Holmes High School
Edenton, NC
How do you use Actively Learn in your classroom?

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

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

Reading comprehension issues.

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

Independent reading, reading quizzes, reading strategies, annotations on paper, etc. 

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

My English II EOC Exam scores went up this year 10% in proficiency and growth as well.  I attribute this to reading strategies such as chunking, summarizing and annotating, adding pictures/symbols, etc.  I also give much credit to Actively Learn especially since the exam was on the computer.  Actively Learn helped me incorporate these strategies in an easy online format that the students got familiar using.  Actively Learn was also great because it automatically provides immediate feedback and data.  It was interesting to see that my students' scores in Actively Learn were almost identical to what they scored on the state exam.  This shows that that the practice students were getting in Actively Learn was comparable to how they would perform on the exam, so it was great practice for them throughout the semester.  I highly recommend Actively Learn for fellow English teachers because I can personally see how it helped my students improve their reading comprehension abilities!

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

Our school had the paid version of Actively Learn, so I was able to upload specific texts that I found appropriate.  Students had to read texts, summarize, annotate, add pictures & symbols, and write constructed responses based on texts.  I also used Actively Learn to track data throughout the semester.

What advice would you have for teachers who are new to Actively Learn? 

If you have any issues, contact an Actively Learn Help guide.  I got responses very quickly.  Also - peruse the catalog first, so you can see what is available.