Learning is the answer.
Q: How can the CoreAtlas fit into my teaching?
A: Many ways!
Level up your lessons with metacognition (thinking about thinking):
For just three minutes, have students activate their thinking right before or after a lesson you already plan to teach. Have students:
- check out the Quest (CCSS/NGSS in simple words)
- grade themselves (shown by research to be the #1 predictor of achievement)
- answer the metacognitive prompt(s) for their level.
Want more ideas? CoreAtlas can be used instead of an exit ticket, as a learning diary, meaningful homework, quick sub plans...
Teachers tell us CoreAtlas REALLY helps with their planning.
Watch one teacher describe how it shapes her teaching:
Q: Why are the Common Core Standards so complex? How does the CoreAtlas make them easier?
A: They are written at a college reading level - yikes! How are young learners supposed to know what's expected of them?!
Everyone (students, teachers, families) appreciates when learning goals are clear and accompanied with beautiful artwork (ask about ESL translations, too!). We measured how much easier the CoreAtlas approach is over the Common Core:
Q: Where are you located?
A: As you can see, the CoreAtlas is empowering students and their public school teachers all along the West Coast...
CoreAtlas is serving a wide range of students:
- in rural, suburban, and urban schools
- in the GATE program
- with IEPs
- in classrooms 97% ELL
- at schools 98% free & reduced lunch
Let's keep the journey spreading far and wide! Our goal is to reach 100 classrooms by the Fall! (and many more learners @home :)
So far, we're a print company with physical products, soon we'll be expanding into the exclusive land of electrons.
Q: Who did the artwork for the CoreAtlas?
A: As teachers, we'd had enough with the clip art in children's educational materials.
We live in an increasingly visual world, and learning products should reflect that!
To celebrate diversity in all its forms, the CoreAtlas is a team effort from artists literally around the world, each offering their unique styles and talents.
Q: What research is the CoreAtlas based on?
A: Dr. John Hattie wrote Visible Learning in 2010: an analysis of over 250 million students' data on what works best for teaching & learning. It rocked the education world. Read more here.
CoreAtlas was designed using Hattie's top influences on learning: self-grading, metacognition, clarity... all of the strategies you see in this graph... minus TV : P
Visit our RESEARCH page to learn more about the basis of the CoreAtlas.
John Hattie's research was so foundational in the making of the CoreAtlas, that we decided to send him one and ask for feedback! Here's what he said:
"I have worked through the CoreAtlas – very engaging, attractive, and seems right on task (both surface and deep learning). I am impressed with the attention to the learning intentions from the very first page, and the multiple pathways through the lessons. The key elements are present including being curious, keeping records of progress, making it your own, and sharing – how to do both the latter at the right times is important and all too rare. The CoreAtlas allows for error, which surely is the essence of all learning – from Not yet, to On my way, yes I got it and I’ve used it in life. This is a pleasure, beautifully laid out, no one right way, and helps student see their learning in action. What is needed now is the evidence of impact on student learning and I am sure you have this in hand. Congratulations on such a stunning contribution."
Q: How many people are using the CoreAtlas?
A: Over 500 students have used the CoreAtlas and feel more empowered with their learning when they have a CoreAtlas.
Here are the results of student surveys from our beta-trials last year:
Q: Can I hear more from students themselves?
A: Sure! We've developed the CoreAtlas taking into account their suggestions about what they want!
“I can evaluate myself.”
“You learn by you. You're the teacher.”
“I know I learned everything I needed to.”
“I learned all of the goals I made for myself.”
“I liked ALL the illustrations, and how learning was SUPER fun.”
Q: Do we need to use the CoreAtlas for every lesson?
A: No. You are teaching many things within each day (within each lesson!), and it would be overwhelming for you and your learner to keep track of it all. CoreAtlas users have found great success with choosing one quest at a time for learners to focus on (up to 5 a day).
Q: Should we use the CoreAtlas in the same way each time?
A: Probably not, though your style is your style. Mixing things up is generally a good idea, so sometimes use the CoreAtlas before a lesson, sometimes during a lesson, sometimes as a post-lesson reflection, sometimes as an independent journaling activity, and sometimes as a discussion tool. Keep things fresh. That said, some predictability, as you know, helps learners feel comfortable taking things on themselves. So, find what feels best for you and your child.
Q: What can we do with the My Notes space on the Guidebook pages?
A: Oh so many things!
• This could be a learning journal space, where learners write down more about how they feel or questions they have about a quest.
• Definitions could be helpful here. For example, learners might write what "denominator" means.
• Learners could add information about the quest. For example, for quest 39, learners might add to their notes: 2nd person is when you write from the perspective of "YOU"!
• This could be an example or diagram space, where learners write or draw things that will help them learn the quest. For example: parallel and perpendicular lines.
• This could be an application focused space, where learners draw themselves using the quest in life.
Q: How should we use !YAY! Badge stickers?
A: Students can award themselves with a !YAY! Badge when they feel they deserve it. Have discussions with your child about how to determine what merits a !YAY! Badge. Is trying hard worthy of celebrating? Getting (even only a little bit) better at something? Working to improve when you don't like something? There are not as many !YAY! Badges as there are Quests, so learners will have to be selective; allow them to determine their own measures of success and they will assign great value to them!
Q: Do you have a Twitter account?
A: Yes. @MindMyEdu
We really like it when you use #CoreAtlas to tag photos/tweets.
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Q: I have a question and want to talk to you. How can I do that?
A: Please e-mail MindMyEdu@gmail.com to set up a time to chat on phone or video conference... if it is an ASAP moment, call (415)992-1550
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Thanks so much for reading!