Renee Martin

Van Meter, IA

Renee Martin
Van Meter Community Schools
Van Meter, IA
What problems were you experiencing in your classroom or school prior to adopting Actively Learn?

I had trouble assessing student understanding during reading and helping them search for the main ideas during reading without giving them the answer.

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

I tried to have reading guides and learning targets posted, but there was no way to ensure that the students were considering the points during reading rather than just at the end.

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

It helped me to have a quicker understanding of student comprehension before waiting until the end of the text. I was able to get a quick snapshot of what my students were learning and also give them immediate feedback.

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

I used it in two contexts. I used it as a whole class reading with Romeo and Juliet. I then used it with a small group as they read articles related to artificial intelligence.

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

It is a fantastic way to differentiate for students, provide fast and easy feedback, and it ensures that students are thinking about big ideas as they complete their reading.