We know teachers are always on the lookout for the best ways to assess their students' reading. Identifying critical reading skills gaps at an early age is the first step to ensuring that students are strong readers for life. To help build up a classroom full of great readers, we have released a new subject in Pinpoint Assessments: Foundational Reading! Aligned with CCSS, Foundational Reading Skill Checker and Benchmarker allow teachers to comprehensively assess their students' reading skills.
Who in the world would ever say something like, “Two million problems? I don’t think we’re going to have any trouble doing it.”
Monica Contreras, that’s who! Contreras is a 3rd grade teacher at McKitrick Elementary School and one of many who rave about how effective MobyMax is. You can hear her story in this brand-new video.
The video is only four minutes long, so it’s short enough to catch during your lunch break. However, it’s long enough to capture the enthusiasm that three teachers, a principal, and one adorable second grader have for the MobyMax approach to learning.
In Pinpoint Assessments, you now have even more ways to assess your students in the way you see best fit. For Benchmarker tests, teachers now have the option to only include standards that were not passed on a previous Benchmarker test. On Math Benchmarkers, teachers can also choose between long (about 90 minutes) and short (about 45 minutes) tests.
Pinpoint Assessments is coming together really nicely. We just added all three options for printing reports; you can print, create PDFs, and export CSV files in Pinpoint Assessments. Simply click the print icon in the top right corner of the screen to print!
It's that simple!
Use the "Assign Lessons" search bar to search for lesson titles, lesson topics, or words that appear in standards. The words or word portions you search for will appear highlighted when applicable.
Math + Pizza = Fun
MobyMax is looking for the most dedicated math class in America. Could it be yours? Join our nationwide Math Challenge starting this week and see if your class ranks as the best in the country!
Here’s how the Challenge works.
We know that students and teachers love using MobyMax because it’s such a fun way to boost math skills. So, it just makes good sense that more Moby Math means more fun!
That’s why this end-of-year nationwide Moby Math Challenge puts the focus on how much time your class actually spends using Moby to do math. Participating teachers and classrooms will race against each other Monday (Dec 4) – Thursday (Dec 7) to see who racks up the highest average time spent in Moby Math.
The more minutes your class accumulates, the more improvements you’ll see in students’ abilities to understand place value, operations, proportional relationships, expressions and equations and probability – all of which align with Common Core standards and fit seamlessly into your schools’ educational objectives and requirements.
MobyMax, innovator of the nationally applauded personalized and blended learning curriculum for K-8 students, has won two 2017 THE Journal Readers’ Choice Awards. Known for helping students learn twice as fast, MobyMax garnered a Silver Medal in the Favorite Interventions & Remediation Software category and a Platinum Medal in the Favorite Adaptive/ Personalized Learning Tool category. Winners of the awards, which honor outstanding contributions in education, were determined via an online poll of over 1,000 education professionals.
“We are gratified that those on the frontlines of addressing our biggest instruction and motivation challenges have found MobyMax to be such a worthwhile partner,” said company co-founder Glynn Willett. “Thanks to their feedback and our own commitment to results-driven innovation, we’ve been able to create the most comprehensive all-in-one K-8 offering on the market. Our model enables students to consistently gain more than one full grade level after just 40 hours of work – and at a fraction of the cost of other products.
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It's September, so it's time to fix those skill gaps before students start to fall behind.
If you'd like some tips on how to get your roster up and running in MobyMax, you'll find this quick video helpful.
Once you have your new students registered, you can let them pick up where they left off in MobyMax last year (by default) or restart them in any particular subject.
In addition to our Personalized Learning, which has made MobyMax the most widely used curriculum in the United States, be sure to check out our new Pinpoint Assessments for Math and Language.
Here's how to access Pinpoint Assessments:
MobyMax’s Pinpoint Assessments -- as the name implies -- lets you pinpoint the specific skills that each student is missing or has mastered. This is done using two advanced modules: Skill Checker and Benchmarker.
You'll want to use Skill Checker daily, not only because the tests take seconds to create, but because you can easily assign lessons to fix missing skills.
Benchmarker accurately measures student progress within a grade level in just 45 minutes. It also allows you to assign lessons that keep your students moving forward.
Skill Checker and Benchmarker are just the first elements in a comprehensive new approach that's soon to be indispensable in your classroom. We will be adding more subjects, features, and modules throughout the school year.
Motivating bored-but-gifted students using some fiery competition – and technology.
GUEST COLUMN | by Christopher Godshall
There’s a lot of both media and academic attention paid to students with learning difficulties acting as barriers to acquiring knowledge, and rightly so. But teaching gifted and talented students poses its own set of challenges. Higher-achieving students can get bored easily or become impatient if they’re not given material that engages them academically. They can get frustrated if they find the pace in the classroom too slow. They also might yearn for a classroom that is more competitive than the one they’re in. Plus, not meeting these students’ needs for more challenging studies could squander the opportunity to push those students to new, exceptional heights.
As someone who has taught gifted and talented students for 16 years, I’m constantly on the lookout for ways to meet the needs of these pupils in a way that keeps them engaged, their parents informed, and me, as their teacher, at least a few steps ahead of them!
This summer, I turned to an edtech platform for the solution. The lessons I learned from our successes seemed worth sharing as a new school year gets underway.
There’s an old African proverb that says, “If you want to go fast, go alone. But if you want to go far, go together.” Deciding they wanted to go far, the teachers at McKitrick Elementary in Florida have banded together to ensure they meet perhaps the most ambitious goal they’ve ever set: answer two million MobyMax problems correctly in one school year.
MobyMax has been a big hit at McKitrick since teachers first started using it almost four years ago. Third Grade teacher, Monica Contreras, and her fellow teachers particularly appreciated how the curriculum empowers students to advance at their own pace and level, often fulfilling Moby’s promise to help kids learn twice as fast. They progressed dramatically with Moby, embracing both school-year and summer learning contests (read more here).
“I love this program because it is a safe, reliable, beneficial, and fun option for students to use in the classroom and at home,” says Contreras. “One of the major advantages of using MobyMax is the ease of differentiation. During MobyMax time, students can build on skills they still need to practice that may be below the grade level material we are covering in class, or they may accelerate into above-level content. Each subject area begins with a placement test that places a student at an appropriate level and builds on that knowledge.”