Inspire active discussion, develop a growth mindset
Student Spotlight lessons are anchored by series of short videos in which a team of students share their thinking. How did they approach the task? What was the same and different about their approaches?
Partnering with LearnZillion means students and teachers have instant access to these peer discourse examples as they build, solidify, and practice their conceptual development.
It's also a great way to harness peer power!
Ideal for Distance Learning
Spotlights serve as an example of small group collaborative discussion, so teachers can use the videos as a model while instructing a concept in a live or virtual classroom environment.
Students can access Spotlights at point-of-use in the platform to help guide their thinking and see other students’ reasoning and strategies.
Spotlights are helpful as a “checkpoint” or a “peer check” during independent work time.
Parents looking for an extra school-to-home connection tool can reference Spotlights for help with understanding the math, supporting their students in learning, and helping with homework.
Authentic conversations, easily accessed
Imagine if curriculum highlighted models of student thinking and learning… in every lesson. Imagine if students could compare their thinking to the thinking of other students... at any time.
Student Spotlights are videos showing interactive discussions between groups of students, along with visuals of their work and photos and recordings of their individual approaches.
Spotlights are embedded in the LearnZillion platform at the corresponding lessons, so you're just a click away from video examples of students comparing approaches and working through challenges together.
Teachers can use the Spotlight lessons in a number of ways:
Assign the lessons to students to work on the tasks asynchronously. Students show their thinking, watch the short videos, compare their thinking, and ultimately take a short formative assessment.
Lessons can also augment synchronous instruction, bringing class discussions to life while guaranteeing that those discussions reveal the intended insights. They also support teachers in modeling the standards of mathematical practice.
Use the lessons as professional development. Based on the Spotlight videos, how might students in your class tackle the tasks in this lesson? What do you anticipate? How will you address those approaches?
Nijiany is on the 6th grade Student Spotlight math team. She’s curious, tenacious, and likes to help.
Nicholas is on the 6th grade Student Spotlight math team. He’s good with numbers and likes to entertain.
Lincoln is on the 6th grade Student Spotlight math team. He likes making movies and working as a team.
Maya is on the 6th grade Student Spotlight math team, and likes using video as a learning tool.
Imani is on the 7th grade Student Spotlight math team. She's a conceptual thinker who loves a challenge.
Nadrian is on the 7th grade Student Spotlight math team. He loves group projects and helping others learn.
Grace is on the 7th grade Student Spotlight math team. She's a visual learner and isn't afraid of making mistakes.
Maddyn is on the 7th grade Student Spotlight math team. He's a student athlete and enjoys collaborating on projects.
June is on the 8th grade Student Spotlight math team. She loves learning with peers and tutoring others.
Neal is on the 8th grade Student Spotlight math team. He loves math and is always up for a challenge.
Bryan is on the 8th grade Student Spotlight math team. He's a determined problem solver.
Esperanza is on the 8th grade Student Spotlight math team. She's a visual learner who likes working through problems with others.