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Adaptive Curriculum Case Study: At-risk Students Make Gains with Real-world Lessons Besteiro Middle School Brownsville, TX Demographics: • 42% Hispanic • 39% White Remembering Concepts • 14% Black In 2007, when Principal Alma Cardenas-Rubio • 3% Asian saw Adaptive Curriculum at a technology conference in Atlanta, she knew immediately that this was something she wanted for her school, where almost 75% of the students are at risk. technology applications,” says Alma, “so, with the exception of one science teacher, we began “What I liked from the start were the real- our implementation with the students.” life scenarios,” says Alma. “Often when we teach something in class, students have nothing to relate it to in the For the first year of implementation, before the real world. So they forget it. I could teachers were trained, students see that Adaptive Curriculum used the program independently would help them remember in the computer lab. The concepts because it connects to real applications.” strategy was to let students explore the interactive Activity Objects and report back to the Building Motivation teachers. “Our students didn’t have to use Adaptive Curriculum,” says Alma. “They were motivated to use it.” Unlike many schools, Besteiro Middle School began its Adaptive Curriculum implementation with the students, not the teachers. “It can be difficult to get teachers to buy in to new Fostering Understanding According to Alma, “Students reported that Adaptive Curriculum helped them understand lessons they hadn’t understood in class. One Our science scores have gone up student told his teacher, ‘I didn’t get it your way, six or seven points a year, and our but I got it when I did it in Adaptive Curriculum.’ math scores three or four points a year. It was also very rewarding for students when they were able to show teachers how to do -Alma Cardenas-Rubio, Principal something in Adaptive Curriculum, and it was very motivating for the teachers to see how enthusiastic the students were.” ©2011 Sebit, LLC. All Rights Reserved. “When students get online with Adaptive Curriculum, that’s the moment they really start thinking and using their brains,” says Alma. I didn’t get it your way, but I got it when I did it in Adaptive “They often mention real-world scenarios that Curriculum.” they say helped them understand something, such as the paint rollers in the lesson on -Sixth-grade Student Calculating the Circumference of a Circle.” math. Now more parents are helping students with math and science, and they are seeing the benefit of the software. Adaptive Curriculum is helping us create an instructional setting at home.“ Improving Test Scores “Now when students get to the test, they have an image in their minds—something they can remember and relate the question to,” says Alma. “And that is reflected in our test scores. Calculating the Circumference of a Circle Over the last two years, our science scores have gone up six or seven points a year, and our math Extending the Implementation scores three or four points a year.” Teachers were trained over the summer before Based on its successful implementation so far, the second year of implementation. They are the school is planning to move to a campus- now integrating the software into whole group instruction in the classroom, often pulling out wide implementation next year, using Adaptive Curriculum across all grades in labs, classrooms, sections of lessons to introduce concepts, and homes. reinforce instruction, or provide additional practice. Every student also has access in the computer lab and at home. According to Alma, “Previously, our students did not have much support from parents at home, especially in Now when students get to the test, they have something they can remember and relate the question to. For more information on Adaptive Curriculum: -Alma Cardenas-Rubio, Principal Call us at 1-888-999-9319 E-mail us at email@example.com Visit us at www.adaptivecurriculum.com ©2011 Sebit, LLC. All Rights Reserved.
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