Teacher Tools

Teacher Tools

The Enhanced Learning Maps (ELM) project provides participating teachers access to many suites of carefully designed instructional resources for their use in the classroom. Each resource is informed by the ELM learning map model, which displays how different concepts and skills should be connected to support achievement of particular standards.

These resources have been developed to reflect up-to-date research and best practices in teaching mathematics and English language arts. All resources are fully accessible alongside the learning map model in our online interface.

ELM resources generally fall into one of five categories:

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Learning Map Information

Learning Map Information documents explain the intricacies of the portion of the learning map model at hand. They include images of map sections with detailed descriptions of the concepts or skills included in each section to clarify the precise expectations and productive learning sequences suggested in the map.

Teacher Notes

Teacher Notes

Teacher Notes provide essential contextual information for the learning map models, explaining how students are likely to learn specific content and what challenges specific content may present students. They also describe researchers’ findings regarding effective skills progressions and how these progressions can productively inform instructional decisions and activities. Lastly, these documents briefly describe the activities contained in the instructional and student activities associated with the map section under consideration.

Instructional Activity

Instructional Activity

Instructional Activities are fully fleshed out lesson plans that include activities and student handouts for teaching specific content. They are designed to reflect the research-informed learning pathways displayed in the learning map model and include guiding questions and checks for understanding to help teachers elicit evidence of student thinking by drawing out students’ thought processes. This helps teachers evaluate students’ progress and determine their next instructional steps.

Student Activity & Solution Guide

Student Activity & Solution Guide

Student Activities contain specially designed activities for students to complete independently. They often include tasks that are similar to the instructional activities that likewise reflect the learning sequences depicted in the learning map model, as well as instructional recommendations found in the relevant literature. Teachers can adapt the tasks in the Student Activities to help personalize their instruction as needed.

Solution Guides for Student Activities help teachers interpret student work and determine which learning targets students have and have not reached. These documents include example errors students may make when completing the Student Activities and common misconceptions students may have. For each misconception, the Solution Guide refers the teacher to the nodes in the learning map model that students may need to revisit to improve their understanding.

Additional Tools

Additional Tools

Additional tools for instruction are included with some but not all instructional suites. These tools may include handouts or supplemental materials and are designed to supplement the Instructional Activities by providing some structure for organizing student work, which will help teachers to implement the lesson as intended without confusion or interruptions.