I've been there... I know how much time you spend planning and searching for the best resources for your students!
The biggest problem is there's no one resource available that will meet the needs of all of your students. Therefore, you spend hours planning for three different ability levels so that everyone is successful.
So, I'm going to cut to the chase and explain what I have developed for the students who take my online Algebra course.
Teaching online and teaching in the classroom are a little different, but one thing is the same - you will always have students at varying ability levels. It's a little more difficult with my job when teaching online because I don't have a chance to meet my students. I have no idea what their prior experiences were like in math, what background knowledge they have acquired or how they learn best.
So, my goal was to design a program that would meet the needs of many different types of students, in hopes of being able to reach the majority.
I was so intrigued by UDL, that I researched this topic for months. There are so many strategies that we can incorporate into a lesson that will meet the needs of almost all students. In fact, I produced a course for Linked In Learning called "Teaching Complex Topics" and UDL is one of the main points in that course. (If you've never read about UDL, I highly encourage you to! You can find a lot of information on the web).
I've recently revised all worksheets for my Algebra 1 program, and every single lesson has a UDL strategy included. This strategy is giving students "multiple entry points" into the lesson.
My worksheets are designed so that a struggling learner will be successful and the advanced learner will be challenged, and only one resource is necessary to make this happen!
Here is an example of a Two-Step Equations lesson in our first unit, Solving Equations. Students learn how to solve two-step equations following lessons on one-step equations.
If you can't see all of the components of this image, click here to download the worksheets for this lesson.
As you can see, section 1 is the scaffolded section for struggling learners. They are given a template and directions for each step. Although they only have two problems, they can continue to use the directions in part 2 if needed.
Part 2 is practice. Some students may not need the extra scaffold and their "entry point" may be starting with section 2. Again, all students can be successful here, because struggling learners will have the scaffolds from above.
Part 3 is always an extension or application of the skill. In this case, we've made the problems more difficult by adding fractions and decimals into the mix. In many other lessons, students will be solving word problems or finding errors in a given problem... We always want to provide students with a challenge if possible.
So... as you can see we have one resource that will meet the needs of your struggling learner, students who just need practice, and your advanced learner.
A notes worksheet that will you can use to teach the lesson if needed. These are the notes worksheets that I provide for students to take notes on while watching my videos.
It may give you ideas on how to teach the lesson if you are looking for new ideas.
All quizzes and tests that go with these units. You can use these as quizzes or even extra practice for students who need a little extra. You may also choose to use the tests as a pre-assessment to determine what background knowledge your students are bringing to class.
In addition, all units come with a unit review to make sure you prepare your students well for their upcoming assessment.
All step-by-step answer keys. These answer keys are really a valuable tool, not just for teachers, but for students as well.
I encourage teachers to teach students how to be independent learners and to use the answer keys to check their work, identify their mistakes, learn from their mistakes, and apply their new knowledge.
The answer keys can be used in centers or made available to students as they are working in the classroom.
Here's the answer key for the Two-Step Equations worksheet.
As you can see, we've used color coding to help students see the different steps in the solving process. Again, it's a great tool for teachers and students.
Choose your bundle below and purchase. Once you purchase, you will be sent a link to download the files. It will be a zip file. Just click on the zip file and you have access to each unit.
Every unit is a pdf file with a table contents so you can easily jump to the lesson that you wish to use.
Just print the pdfs and they are ready to use in your classroom! You can save the downloads on your computer and have them for life!
Once you download the worksheets, save them in a safe place on your computer and you will have access to them year after year for as long as you teach Algebra! They will always be there for your main lesson, homework, station assignments, tutoring assignments, or back-up plans!
Every product is backed by my 30 day money-back guarantee! If you are unhappy for any reason, just send me an email and I will gladly return your money. My goal is for you to be happy and your students to be successful!