Stacey Walker

Chapel Hill, NC

Stacey Walker
Phillips Middle School
Chapel Hill, NC
What problems were you experiencing in your classroom or school prior to adopting Actively Learn? 

Prior to Actively Learn, I found it difficult to address cross-curricular standards with ELA. Actively Learn made it easy for me to see how my students were being assessed for their reading comprehension and understanding in ELA, and the ELA teacher was also able to look at the data I collected to help fill in any gaps that we were seeing as trends among our students.

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

As a school, we really want to make sure that reading standards are being focused on in every class to make sure that our students are successful. Actively Learn helped us work on that across content areas and gave us the data we needed to continue to grow.

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

Actively Learn made it so much easier for me to see where my students were struggling. Social Studies is a really difficult topic for middle school and students loved being able to look up words, respond to each other as they annotated or asked questions, and get feedback in a more timely manner than I am able to do with written homework assignments.

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

I assign content specific to World History as well as any articles I can find on current events to get students interested in what is going on in the world around them.

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

I would recommend that teachers new to Actively Learn explore all the resources available and link up Actively Learn to Google Classroom, but also to work with the teachers on their grade level team to keep track of all the data they are collecting. It's also a great way to show how you are following IEPs and 504s to your administrators and parents.