Using the EQuIP Rubric: Math

Ensure your math resources are Common Core aligned.

The EQuIP Rubric  (Educators Evaluating the Quality of Instructional Product) for mathematics (download here) is a tool developed by state education leaders with support from Achieve to help teachers and principals identify high-quality materials aligned to the Common Core State Standards.

In this webinar, we sat down with Mimi Alkire, a mathematics consultant and collaborator with Achieve, to explore in-depth the components of the EQuIP rubric for Mathematics and how to use the rubric to guide lesson and unit planning.

Download the webinar slides here

Access the full suite of EQuIP resources

 

Want more context? Be sure to check out our Introduction to the EQuIP rubric webinar to get background context on why and how the rubric was developed.

 

Practical tips for using LearnZillion Lesson Plans in the classroom

Learn how to use LearnZillion Lesson Plans in your classroom.

Teachers across the country are using our lesson plans to streamline their planning process.

In this recording Shana Lindeman, a 7th grade math teacher and 2013 Dream Teamer from North Dakota, shares how she uses LearnZillion Lesson plans for anchoring/structuring whole class instruction, providing students with opportunities for practice, and supporting differentiation for students who struggle with lesson content.

Give our lesson plans a try, and realize the benefits that one administrator articulated so beautifully,

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Save time and streamline your planning with LearnZillion Lesson Plans

Hear from LearnZillion’s own Eric Westendorf (CEO) and Boaz Munro (Content Lead) about how the site’s newest feature can help math teachers ensure their students master the essential standards across grades 3-8.

Turbocharge whole group instruction with Lesson Plans

We’re proud to introduce an exciting addition to LearnZillion.com: Lesson Plans for essential math standards in 3rd-8th grade.

 

What Are Lesson Plans?

A lesson plan is a new resource that enhances whole-class instruction.  For each section of the lesson, lesson plans provide challenging questions that increase student engagement and build conceptual understanding.  They are aligned to a LearnZillion lesson video and include printable practice problems and next steps for students who struggle with specific concepts.

The structure of the lesson plans reflects our belief that students do best when given challenging questions and frequent practice, and when teachers personalize learning based on individual needs.

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An example of simple, straightforward options for students who struggle with standard 4.NF.3d

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An example of questions for testing student misunderstanding at each stage of the lesson, with notes for teachers on the right.

 

Why Lesson Plans?

Our Dream Team has created thousands of conceptual, grade-level video lessons, and we’re keen to make those videos even easier to use.  Many teachers have told us their favorite way to use LearnZillion is to weave them into their whole group instruction: pause them frequently to ask questions, give students an opportunity to check their understanding, provide practice problems aligned to the lesson, and assign more videos to students who need extra support.

The new Lesson Plan feature provide a guide every teacher can use to transform each of our short video lessons into a classroom period characterized by powerful whole group interactivity, actionable formative assessments, and targeted differentiation support.

What Should I Do?

We’re excited for teachers to download and use any of these essential lesson plans! Find a standard or topic you’re teaching soon.  Assign practice problems to your students.  Use the differentiation links when misunderstandings arise.

Start Using Lesson Plans

Thanks for sharing this news and, as always, please let us know what works and what else you’d like to see!

School closed because of the Polar Vortex? We’ve got you covered!

The Polar Vortex is closing down school all across the country. Give your students some high quality lessons to work on while they’re at home so the learning doesn’t stop.

Here’s what you need to do:

1. Download this snow-day-specific parent letter

2. Find the LZ Quick Codes you want students to work on and add them to the letter or, just direct them to the “essential” lessons from grades 3-8 at the end of the letter.

3. Share the letter with students and parents.

4. Mix up some hot chocolate and stay off the roads!

If you’ve never used LZ Quick Codes before, just find the lesson you want to share, click “Quick Code”, jot down the code and share it!
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We hope this is helpful! Stay warm, stay safe and happy teaching!

Cheers,

The LearnZillion Team

Apply to Join the 2014 Dream Team

Watch this short video to learn how to apply to the 2014 LearnZillion Dream Team.

 

LearnZillion is looking for 200 exceptional educators to join the 2014 Dream Team. If you are a teacher who wants to broaden your impact, learn from content experts, and challenge yourself in new and exciting ways, then this is the professional development experience for you. Watch this short video to learn more. Apply today at dreamteam.fluidreview.com.