Whether you’re looking to implement a rewards-based learning program in your district or need access to real-time data to differentiate instruction, Stride by Fuel Education has a wide variety of uses in the classroom.
From its adaptive engine to its user-friendly interface, Stride provides teachers with the resources they need to foster student growth and personalize curriculum.
If you’re looking for ways to implement Stride in your classroom, start with these five ideas.
5 Ways to Use Stride™ in the Classroom
1. Curriculum Personalization
It’s no secret that every student has a different learning path. It can be challenging, however, for teachers to differentiate instruction effectively, as the data-gathering process can be time intensive and extremely involved. Stride’s adaptive engine not only collects all that data for you, but also individualizes each student’s learning experience by providing guidance where students need it most.
Featuring practice questions in math, reading, language arts, and science, Stride also gives students agency in the content they choose to study. As students work through questions, the platform’s F.A.S.T. 360 adaptive engine collects real-time data, enabling teachers to adjust curriculum for individual students, small groups, or the entire class.
From a student’s perspective, having the ability to customize their avatar and include their favorite games in their dashboard gives them ownership of the learning process, too.
2. Intervention / Special Ed
The diversification of the modern classroom not only requires a certain level of curriculum personalization, but also demands quality resources for students with learning disabilities and other academic challenges. Did you know that approximately 13 percent1 of all public school students receive special education services?
Stride was designed to accommodate a diverse range of student needs and behaviors. Included in the platform’s suite of educational resources is a designated dashboard for students with IEPs (Individualized Education Programs). This helps teachers manage, track, and intervene where students need it most. The dashboard also assists teachers with management of RTI (Response to Intervention) goals, which support and empower students with learning and behavioral needs.
3. Standardized Test Prep
A study conducted in 2015 by the Council of the Great City Schools2 revealed that by the time the average U.S. student graduated high school, he or she had taken 112 standardized tests. This staggering number implies that a portion of curriculum and instructional time must be allocated to standardized test preparation.
Stride’s rewards-based adaptive model presents an ideal opportunity for teachers to integrate the platform into their high-stakes testing preparation in a few key ways:
- The concepts students are learning to master are highly relevant to topics included on state exams. Content within Stride is aligned to state and national standards.
- Stride’s grade-level-appropriate practice questions also feature a wide range of formats, from multiple choice questions to technology-enhanced item types like ordering and written response, meaning students are exposed to different question types that require a variety of problem-solving skills.
- The rewards-based model motivates students towards mastery. Students earn coins for correctly answered questions. Once students collect enough coins for those correctly answered questions, they can cash them in to play 60-second “brain break” video games. The more concepts a student masters, the more coins they get. All the while, the platform’s adaptive engine is collecting valuable student data.
- Teachers can build custom quizzes and assign activities for specific skills to classes, small groups, or individual students to give them practice where they need it most.
4. English Language Learning
One out of every ten public school students is learning to speak English3. Stride provides students and teachers with a variety of tools that cater to the growing needs of the ELL population.
The platform’s Language Translator lets users translate practice questions into more than 55 languages. Students can also use the “Help Me” button to access additional guidance and practice on a particular topic, activate the Focus Tool to zone in on particular words and phrases, or use the Definitions Tool to break down complicated word problems for greater comprehension.
5. Contests & Class Rewards
Most of all, Stride fosters an engaging learning environment where students feel motivated to learn and play. The platform’s Leaderboard feature creates friendly competition among classmates, as they answer questions, gather coins, and earn game points to remain at the top.
Stride’s rewards-based model doesn’t just live inside the platform, either. Teachers can also reward students with coins for reasons outside of Stride, whether it’s for good behavior, homework, or leadership in the classroom. The notion of rewards and game-playing can also be integrated into other types of lesson plans, curricular activities, and even areas  unrelated to school. Stride’s class store feature lets teachers set up a shop with their own “products” that can be purchased with Stride coins. For example, a teacher can offer something physical (20 coins for a school pencil), or experiential (100 coins for a homework pass). This gives the students the option to spend coins on games or shop items. Given all the perks for coins earned, districts implementing Stride have noted that students often use the platform voluntary, even when they’re outside of the classroom!
Discover the Difference with Stride™
Stride delivers teachers the resources they need to give students the one-on-one attention they deserve. Interested in learning more about this adaptive, award-winning solution? Request a demo today.
1 U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, Children and Youth with Disabilities, 2016. Retrieved from https://nces.ed.gov/programs/coe/pdf/Indicator_CGG/coe_CGG_2016_05.pdf
2 Layton, L. Study says standardized testing is overwhelming nation’s public schools. Washington Post. October 2015.
3 U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, Common Core of Data (CCD), “Local Education Agency Universe Survey,” 2015–16. See Digest of Education Statistics 2017, table 204.20. Retrieved from: https://nces.ed.gov/programs/digest/d17/tables/dt17_204.20.asp