✅ CoreAtlas Implementation Plan for Teachers (Grades 3 - 12)
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Last updated: Nov 2018
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Build a Routine of Critical Thinking in 4 Weeks!
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Note: This Scope & Sequence Plan is a suggestion based on the successful implementation of other teachers. Use it flexibly & adapt it to your style & needs!
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Have questions or feedback? We're here to help: info@MindMyEducation.com
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🎯 Why CoreAtlas
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CoreAtlas saves teaching time & increases effectiveness by giving more responsibility to Students to document their learning progress on any standards.
An organized, metacognitive self-reflection process helps focus Students' learning while they embody growth mindsets & develop critical thinking skills.
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🔑 The 3 Keys to Success
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For CoreAtlas to be effective, keep in mind:
1. Teacher Modeling. Students learn quickly from watching Teachers model thinking through a Quest and seeing & hearing high quality, reflective thinking.
2. Regular Use. Metacognition is an important skill to develop, and it takes consistent practice to make it a habit, whether that's:
• 10 minutes daily as a whole class
• 20 minutes 3x a week during a center station
• Weekly for homework
3. Feedback. As Students share their thinking in CoreAtlas, be sure to respond to any direct requests for feedback.
And for those not likely to ask for help, do "weekly spot checks" to see their posts.
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📚 Resources
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STARTER KIT for CoreAtlas Teachers (how-to guides & reaady-to-go lesson plans referenced in this implementation plan)
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CoreAtlas Support Page
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More information about the learning science strategies used in CoreAtlas
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🏫 Support Contact
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Sara Niesen, Head of CoreAtlas Teacher Support
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Sara@MindMyEducation.com
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888-267-3285
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✅ Suggested Implementation Plan
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Week 0
Getting Ready
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DayWhatHowTimeResources
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0Choose a Learning Map topic• Sign up or log in to CoreAtlas.io and explore the Map Room to see pre-made learning maps.
• Don't see one you're looking for? Create it! You can always edit it as you go.
Choose = 2 min
Create = 1 hr+
How-to Guide for creating your own Map here.
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0Choose your Pathway (decide how you will use CoreAtlas)Students will benefit greatly from CoreAtlas with regular use & good modeling.
So, how can CoreAtlas fit into your teaching as a regular practice?
• Whole class
• Center Station
• Project-Based
• Homework
Tip: The Pathways document listed as a Resource for this step may help you envision the best path for you >
5 minCoreAtlas Pathways
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0Invite Students & create Groups1. Open your Main Menu (avatar in upper right of screen) >> Roster.
a) Want to enroll students with a Class Code? Click that in your Roster drop down and follow the steps in the Video on Class Codes.
b) Want to invite students by email (must be a real email address, not a district one that only works internally) OR to make individual unsernames/passwords? Click Students and follow the steps in the Video on Student accounts.
2 to 15 min
Video: Creating
Class Codes
Video: How to Make Student AccountsVideo: Creating Groups
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0Start adding Resources to Quests on the Map you'll use (you can always add more as you go)1. Open your Main Menu >> Resources.
2. Search for & save high quality Resources from the CoreAtlas community, or click the blue + to add new ones.
3. Once you’ve added a Resource, be sure to tag it to a Quest(s) so it’s always there when you need it.
2 to 30 minVideo: Adding Resources to a Quest
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Week 1
Launching CoreAtlas & Setting Expectations Whole Class
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DayWhatHowTimeResources
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1Launch CoreAtlasPresent slideshow LESSON #1: Day One CoreAtlas Launch45 minutes classtimeLESSON #1: Day One CoreAtlas Launch! Welcome Presentation for Students
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2Set ExpectationsPresent slideshow LESSON #2: Setting Expectations45 minutes classtimeLESSON #2: Setting Expectations. How to do a Quest in CoreAtlas
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3You Model & Students do a Quest• Choose a Quest to have Students explore like you showed them in the Setting Expectations lesson.
First, model going through all 6 parts of the Quest yourself.
20 minutes classtime
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3Look at posts & respondRespond to any Response Requests in your Messages Center. These notifications tells you which Students want feedback on what they've posted.
• While you're there, do a "spot check" to see what Students are posting even if they didn't request a response by clicking on their names in your Messages view (can also be viewed through CHARTS). What patterns are you seeing in Student posts? How might their posts inform your instruction moving forward?
15 to 30 minutes during a prep periodVideo: Using CHARTS to see student progressVideo: How to use your MESSAGES Center
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Week 2
Getting into your Routine
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DayWhatHowTimeResources
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You choose

Examples:
• Daily at start/end of class
• 2-3X week after recess
• In homework packet
Students begin CoreAtlas RoutineBegin your CoreAtlas routine, whether that's as a whole class, during center stations, for project-based learning, or homework.
Be clear on scheduling plan (10 min? 20 min? MWF after recess? At start of each class?)
Communicate any expectations & systems to Students that will help them.
For example:
• "Each day's Quest will be posted in this corner of the front board here."
• "I will respond to requests (2x a week, on Friday afternoons, nightly, etc)."
• "When you're finished with today's Quest, please (revisit previous Quests, preview Quests to come, try creating a Personal Quest, etc)."
Note: The Pathways document listed as a Resource for this step may help you envision the best path for you.
10 to 20 minutes classtime (unless used for HW)CoreAtlas Pathways
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You choose

Examples:
• Right after school
• During prep
You begin your CoreAtlas Routine of looking at posts & responding to requestsAt least 2x this week:
Respond to any Response Requests in your Messages Center. These notifications tells you which Students want feedback on what they've posted.
• While you're there, do a "spot check" to see what Students are posting even if they didn't request a response by clicking on their names in your Messages view (can also be viewed through CHARTS). What patterns are you seeing in Student posts? How might their posts inform your instruction moving forward?
15 to 30 min during a prep periodVideo: Using CHARTS to see student progressVideo: How to use your MESSAGES Center
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Week 3
Increased Expectations & Deeper Metacognition
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DayWhatHowTimeResources
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1Deepen Metacognition SkillsWhole class, present slideshow LESSON #3: Deepen Metacognition by BEING SPECIFIC30 minutes classtimeLESSON #3: Deepen Metacognition by BEING SPECIFIC
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You choose

Examples:
• Daily at start of class
• 3x a week after lunch
Students continue routineStart today's CoreAtlas session by modeling how to go through all 6 parts of the Quest yourself while BEING SPECIFIC (as was explored in Lesson #3).
• Remind Students of your new expectations that they BE SPECIFIC when posting their thinking.
Continue your CoreAtlas routine, whether that's as a whole class, for homework, during center stations, or for project-based learning.
10 to 20 minutes classtime (unless used for HW)
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You choose

Examples:
• Right after school
• During prep
You continue your routine of looking at posts & responding to requestsAt least 2x this week:
Respond to any Response Requests in your Messages Center. These notifications tells you which Students want feedback on what they've posted.
• While you're there, do a "spot check" to see what Students are posting even if they didn't request a response by clicking on their names in your Messages view (can also be viewed through CHARTS). Celebrate SPECIFIC thinking.
15 to 30 min during a prep periodVideo: Using CHARTS to see student progressVideo: How to use your MESSAGES Center
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Week 4
Making the Routine a Habit... plus Personal Quests
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DayWhatHowTimeResources
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1Creating Personal QuestsWhole class, present slideshow LESSON #4: Create Personal Quests in CoreAtlas20 minutes classtimeLESSON #4: Create Personal Quests in CoreAtlas
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You choose

Examples:
• Daily at start of class
• 3x a week after lunch
Students continue routineContinue your CoreAtlas routine, whether that's as a whole class, for homework, during center stations, or for project-based learning.
Communicate how Personal Quests fit into the Routine (eg: after they complete that day's Quest?).
10 to 20 minutes classtime (unless used for HW)
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You choose

Examples:
• Right after school
• During prep
You continue your routine of looking at posts & responding to requestsAt least 2x this week:
Respond to any Response Requests in your Messages Center. These notifications tells you which Students want feedback on what they've posted.
• While you're there, do a "spot check" to see what Students are posting even if they didn't request a response by clicking on their names in your Messages view (can also be viewed through CHARTS). What patterns are you seeing in Student posts? How might their posts inform your instruction moving forward?
15 to 30 min during a prep periodVideo: Using CHARTS to see student progressVideo: How to use your MESSAGES Center
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Week 5+
CoreAtlas Continues...
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Optimize the Routine you've established, adjusting as needed to match your curriculum needs & students' need for feedback.
Return to any of the slideshow lessons or teacher modeling if student posts show they need a refresher. Review this document with them.
• Remember, you can always give Students additional Maps - and you can even CREATE a Map for an upcoming project or Unit lesson!
How-to Guide for creating your own Map here.
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