Melissa Teets

Yanceyville, NC

Melissa Teets
Bartlett Yancey High School
Yanceyville, NC
How do you use Actively Learn in your classroom?

In-class reading, independent reading, and test preparation

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

I teach honors and AP level courses, and what I needed was a way to teach metacognition, a way to teach my students how to think and process longer texts as they were reading them. I needed to have questions to guide and prompt them to thinking about the key ideas and nuances of the literature. 

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

By pointing out key parts of the texts, foreshadowing, imagery, etc., and asking the students questions to engage their prior knowledge as well as to process the story's elements, they were able to handle much more difficult literature on their own. 

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

The students love the program. We use it for test preparation now as well--teaching them to break the passages down into manageable chunks. 

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

Test preparation, current events, and fiction. Our area is very rural and not all students have internet access; if this were not the case I would make the assignments homework. Many of the students still do finish assignments outside of class. I also have enrichment assignments posted for them at all times. 

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

It is amazing. I have chosen to write my own questions and so do not be afraid to do that. Choose questions that will engage your students and be certain that they are not too difficult or too easy.