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Instruction, Guided Practice, Supported Practice, Independent Practice,

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by , 10-20-2017 at 10:45 AM (455 Views)
Parents and students new to Time4Learning are sometimes frustrated when the program appears to expect their child to know everything about a certain concept without providing any instruction.

This is because Time4Learning doesn't just present a concept one time. It reviews previously learned material from time to time, to assure the student is retaining it (and to help you make sure your student has a chance to learn it in the first place if you are new to Time4Learning).

If a lesson activity seems to assume your child should already know the material, check the scope and sequence to see if the activity is labeled "Instruction", "Guided Practice", "Supported Practice", or "Independent Practice". If there is no "Instruction" activity in that lesson, search the Lesson Plans/Scope and Sequence for the next level down to locate the instruction activity for that concept.

For example, the second grade Fact Families Lesson contains only three lesson activities. There is Supported/Independent Practice, Independent Practice, and a Quiz. If the student hasn't been introduced to Fact Families yet (or has forgotten), they might not be able to begin with Supported/Independent Practice in that lesson. Consulting the Lesson Plans/Scope and Sequence for first grade, you can use the Search feature to look for "Fact Family Instruction" and there it is: Lesson Activity Number 10160 at the first grade level. You can have your child do that lesson and perhaps the worksheet that's associated with it and then move back up to the second grade level.

You won't be able to anticipate this if you are using the Activity Planner. If a plan is important to you, I would simply build in extra time for each subject, in case the student needs to review. If not, then you're ahead of schedule.

When their child is struggling with a concept, some families look to another program to provide additional practice. I have always preferred to start with a lesson activity at a lower level in Time4Learning, because they are intended to go along with Time4Learning practice activities. The terminology in the instruction will be similar to the terminology in the practice activities and quizzes, which is less confusing for younger students.

Lesson Activities labeled Instruction tell how to do something.
Lesson Activities labeled Supported Practice ask a few questions to assess what the student already knows and adjusts to the child's current level of knowledge, providing additional instruction when they answer incorrectly and moving on when they are getting things right.
Lesson Activities labeled Independent Practice allow the student to practice independently. (Often it's a worksheet.)
Quizzes assess what has been learned in just that lesson.
Tests assess what has been learned in that chapter.

To understand this, it's important to see that the program is laid our as Subjects (such as "Math", similar to a math textbook and containing lot of chapters), Chapters (containing lots of lessons), and Lessons (containing lots of Lesson Activities).
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