Teach to One’s Advanced Math Algorithms Map Personalized Learning Routes for All Students

Oct 24, 2020 by

Schools can minimize COVID-19 disruption to students’ math education with transformative learning technologies such as Teach to One.

When sixth-grader Nina struggled to grasp improper fractions at school last year, she soon fell behind in math – especially when her teacher then progressed onto further advanced topics. But then, her school introduced Teach to One 360, an algorithm-driven modality that identifies personalized math learning paths for students based on their individual strengths and weaknesses. One year later, Nina is now excelling in her math classes. She has even been able to continue learning – uninterrupted – throughout the COVID-19 lockdown thanks to Teach to One’s accessible online system.

Experts report that the shift toward personalized learning solutions such as Teach to One is long overdue and that the pandemic has triggered the nationwide realization that high-level technology can accelerate learning in schools. The one-size-fits-all classroom approach simply isn’t effective, especially for children like Nina. That’s why New Classrooms’ co-founders Joel Rose and Chris Rush created Teach to One, a dynamic solution for students who are multiple grades behind target levels because outdated classroom teaching methods don’t work for them.

Many schools are under pressure to follow traditional curriculums to tick off the content listed for standardized tests. However, as more and more schools reap the invaluable benefits of Teach to One, 27 schools across 11 states now use New Classrooms’ transformative solution to improve their math curriculums.

“Innovation has always lagged in education, and we are slow to change and slow to respond as an organization,1” says Scott Muri, superintendent of schools at the Ector County Independent School District in Odessa, which uses Teach to One in three of its schools.

How Teach to One Works

When students first engage with Teach to One, they complete a 90-minute MAP test, which examines their proficiency in all math skills. Students then take a 60-minute diagnostic test, which identifies their strengths, weaknesses, and gaps in knowledge. Teach to One’s advanced algorithms use data from each child’s test answers to plot personalized math “playlists” for them to practice.

Once Teach to One has identified which skills a student needs to practice on a given day, it combines a selection of learning methods to promote variety and keep students engaged. Students take part in teacher-led lessons, collaborative peer-group sessions, and independent work using interactive games and videos. Every student partakes in a minimum of two sessions per day. At the end of each day, students complete a five-question quiz to inform the next day’s math activities.

Unlike its competitors, New Classrooms doesn’t create playlists that assume that children have already mastered skills from previous grades. Instead, Teach to One enables students to access multi-grade curriculums so that they can fill gaps in knowledge and catch up on unlearned material from previous years.

“Our assessment identifies which specific skills at each grade level the student does and does not know,” says co-founder Chris Rush. “A road map may say, ‘go back and work on just these 10 fourth-grade skills and these 12 fifth-grade skills and 25 sixth-grade skills.2’”

Teach to One isn’t designed to help only students who are struggling with math. Gifted students who need more advanced material also benefit from the modality, which prescribes higher-level lessons to children who need a challenge.

“Working at your own pace is a lot better [than following traditional classroom schedules],3” says Jade Parish, a 13-year-old student at Taos Middle School. Jade is in seventh grade but working on eighth-grade math using Teach to One.

Teach to One Roadmaps

As a result of the massive impact that COVID-19 has had on the education sector, New Classrooms has expanded its suite of innovative learning tools by introducing Teach to One Roadmaps. This series of educational tools assists children who haven’t had the exposure to math learning materials that they have needed over the last few months.

Based on the Teach to One 360 approach, Roadmaps Free requires students to complete a 90-minute virtual assessment so that Teach to One’s innovative algorithms can calculate their current abilities. Roadmaps then use each student’s answers to create a personalized map of courses, designed to bring them back up to speed in math. Schools can upgrade to Roadmaps Plus for $15 per student per year, which allows students to access all materials through the Teach to One portal and allows teachers to monitor their progress. Teach to One also offers Roadmaps Home, a home edition of the modality for students who are undertaking extra tuition outside of school.

About Teach to One

New Classrooms, a national non-profit organization, developed the technology-driven Teach to One suite to personalize learning for all children and meet their individual educational needs. Currently, Teach to One produces personalized math learning plans for over 10,000 children in the United States. Over the next five years, New Classrooms plans to expand Teach to One 360 beyond math to cover additional subjects.

Learn more about Teach to One 360 and Teach to One Roadmaps at https://teachtoone.org.

1 Morrissey, Janet. “Using Technology to Tailor Lessons to Each Student.” The New York Times, 29 September 2020, https://www.nytimes.com/2020/09/29/education/schools-technology-future-pandemic.html.

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