It’s not often that we are presented with a product for review where we find ourselves in awe, but Stepping Stones 2.0 by ORIGO Education, is an exceptional awe-inspiring product. This math program seems to have it all and more.
We were approached by ORIGO Education and asked to take a look at a comprehensive math instruction program that integrates print and digital technology and strives to give educators a flexible and balanced solution to teaching math.
To begin with, we need to make it clear that this program would be one an entire school or district would adopt – kind of like a textbook adoption. It would become the basis and resources for the math instruction in classrooms. One thing that makes this program so different, is that you won’t be burdened with an over-sized teachers manual (or six!) All of the lessons, tools and resources are accessed online.
But the greatest part isn’t necessarily that – it’s WHAT is offered within this program that blew us away. It includes SO MANY pieces to use with your individual professional development, instruction, student practice and assessment. You can access all the pieces you need to help you teach a concept and then choose what works best with your teaching style and the students’ specific needs.
To make it even better, it is based on the four-stage progression of math development that co-founder James Burnett speaks of in an interesting article called Why Language Matters in Math. To read more about the four stages, you will find his guest article on our site HERE. Basically the program builds conceptual understanding through language and discourse, powerful visual models and engaging activities that foster student thinking. This approach also supports computational fluency with extendable strategies and meaningful practice.
So now that we have shared how we found out about this program, let us give you a brief overview of some of the things you will get once you acquire ORIGO Education’s Stepping Stones 2.0:
- Each grade level (1-6) is comprised of 12 modules (2 to 3 math topics) with 12 lessons in each (except kindergarten, where there are six lessons and 12 small group activities). Each lesson is then broken down into steps for teaching, and ideas for differentiation are also included.
- Even-numbered lessons have two review pages with practice and problem solving. There are then three lessons that promote fluency of facts and three lessons that provide opportunities for investigations, problem solving, enrichment and cross-curricular items (science, language arts & literature and even sports & recreation and music & the arts!).
- Each lesson provides up to three ideas…either Extra Help, Extra Practice or Extra Challenge – each for differentiation purposes. Teachers can also use content from other grade levels if needed. (Just think…you don’t have to go bug your colleagues for their grade level materials! They are right there for you with the click of your mouse!)
- The program provides both formative (pretest, observation forms, journals & portfolios) and summative (check-ups, interviews & performance tasks) assessments for each module, as well as quarterly assessments if you need them.
- There is also a library of professional learning embedded right into the program! This is in the form of short videos provided within the modules. It helps teachers to understand reasoning behind different levels of acquisition in their students. (This part was REALLY interesting! And not just because they have cool accents!)
- Interactive white board tools are a perfect technology piece to help with engagement, but are mostly there to promote critical teacher/student and student/student interaction within lessons. You can use the technology but create your OWN lesson resources and save them in a file. Imagine being able personalize your teaching and have it saved right there!
- Student journals (available in Spanish too) are also included as printables. They have three parts: Step In (open ended to generate questions), Step Up (written practice) and Step Ahead (higher order thinking skills).
That is honestly just the tip of the iceberg with regards to the resources this program offers. (You can find even more of what is offered below.) If you are on a math adoption team for your district or even just feel as if your current adoption doesn’t quite work for you and your colleagues, it will be well worth your time to take a look at ORIGO’s program and share it with your administrators.
You can sign up now for a FREE 30-day trial which will provide you with limited access to content, but give you a great idea of all that is offered. (After that you will continue to get free access to Honey Pot, described below, even after the trial is over.)
For more information about ORIGO Education, visit ORIGOEducation.com. @ORIGOmath.
KEEP READING! Here are some of the other online components that can be found on the ORIGO platform called Slate:
- Honey Pot – This part is FREE for everyone who signs up for the 30-day trial and currently contains over 140 blackline masters for all kinds of elementary topics (hundreds charts, number lines, ten frames and MORE!) You need to check this out even if your district hasn’t adopted Stepping Stones 2.0!!
- ORIGO ONE™ – This is a collection of one-minute videos for you that breaks down math concepts into pieces that are easy to understand so you can better teach them. We are EXCITED to be sharing some of these with you in upcoming posts so be on the look out!!
- Fundamentals Game Boards – These are online games for reinforcing and practicing computation strategies for students
- MathEd™ – This is a library of professional learning videos hosted by James Burnett, co-founder of ©ORIGO Education.
- Big Book Tools & Tunes – It’s always engaging to add literature into your math instruction and there’s a song component too! What’s cool about these books is that you can go in and vary the mathematics/problems on the tool so that they fit the specific levels of your students. (These are available in Spanish too!)
- Zupelz – These are online puzzles based on logical thinking. For each level there are 100 sequenced puzzles!
- ORIGO’s Step It Up! 2.0 – This resource consists of 144 discussion and practice lessons (grades 1 – 6) that mirror the daily lessons of Stepping Stones 2.0.
- Stepping into Financial Literacy – This is a set of comprehensive lessons for teaching financial literacy.
- STaRT – Student Thinking and Reasoning Tasks – These tasks have students apply what they are learning to solve real mathematical problems. They can be used for small groups, partners or individuals (grades 1 to 5).
- ©ORIGO Education’s Stepping Stones 2.0 for Pre-K – This is ORIGO’s comprehensive program for younger learners.
Leave us a comment and let us know if your school or district already uses ©ORIGO Education’s Stepping Stones 2.0 and your thoughts! Or if you sign up for the 30-day trial, we would also love to hear what you think.