Grand Erie Teacher Recognized with Top Honour for Data-Driven Instruction
It’s official! Grand Erie now has not one, but two teachers selected as Impact Influencers by Knowledgehook for their outstanding data-driven instruction in mathematics. Anne Goodrow, Grade 7 teacher at Lansdowne-Costain Public School, joins Tracy Reese, Grade 6/7 teacher at Langton School, as one of the most recent in a group of only 53 teachers across the country to be awarded the honour this year.
Right: Anne Goodrow, Grade 7 teacher at Lansdowne-Costain Public School.
“I use Knowledgehook in a number of different ways, but find that it’s been especially helpful as a diagnostic piece,” says Goodrow, who notes that this insight has been a particularly useful asset during this pandemic year. “It gives me a good understanding of where my students are at, and where they might be struggling, and this in turn means I can plan my lessons accordingly and go back to provide further support around a specific concept.”
The Knowledgehook platform is an instructional guidance system that uses engaging assessments to reveal insights and guidance for math teachers. Through game-like activities, teachers are provided with real-time data that allows them to gauge student need, and adjust instruction to meet those needs. Educators can choose from diagnostic tasks (Kick-off Missions), warm up activities, exit tickets, or create their own missions and questions to address targeted mathematics topics.
“These tools and supports help us as educators to anticipate and address student need, monitor learning, recognize important feedback we should provide students, and consider next best steps for student learning,” says Tara Duncan-Smith, Teacher Consultant Mathematics Learning Lead K-12. “Knowledgehook supports educators to plan and be responsive to their students.”
Teachers receiving the Impact Award were honoured during a virtual ceremony last week, highlighting educators unique abilities to overcome the challenges and obstacles of the past year by empowering their students to succeed.
Grand Erie recognizes technology as a vital way to increase engagement and drive achievement, and works to promote environments that allow staff and students to utilize technology to meet differentiated learning needs.