Saturday, February 25, 2017

Customized Instructional Resources and the "Master Answer Key"

I always figure that if one person has a good question, others either have the same question or will soon have that question. This post addresses one such topic...an answer key for the "Customized Instructional Resources."

You see links to the Customized Instructional Resources in two places:
On the class roster. (The packet addressed weaknesses found on PMA.)
On the Student Grouping Report (The racket addresses weaknesses found on everything except PMA.)

This resources packet is long, and for that reason, is something you may not want to use. After all, much of the advantage of Stride Academy is that the software relieves you from the monotony of duplicating pages and grading papers. For those who do use it, however, having an answer key is helpful.

Where do I get the answer key?
When you click the link to create a customized packet for a student, you get a screen that looks like the figure below.


You are able to print the entire packet or select a particular part. Notice also the very last line...
"You can download the master answer key document here."

What you are getting is a one-time answer key for every question that would be asked of any student. Save it digitally (because it's long). Save it in Dropbox so you can access it fro school and home.

How do I make sense of the answer key?
You won't.

The answer key only makes sense when you have a student's packet to grade. At various points in the packet, the student has questions to answer. At the bottom of the page on the student's packet, you will see the page number and unit number on the Master Answer Key where the answer to that set of questions is found. At that point, the whole thing makes sense. 

If you have not used the Customized Instructional Resources at all, now would not be a bad time to simply look at a same. Go to the Class Roster in one of your classes. Click the link beside any student's name. A pdf packet will download. You can then get a flavor for the length of the packet, the type of material it contains, and make a decision on how (or if) you want to use it.

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