Targets higher-order thinking skills. SAS Curriculum Pathways offers tools, simulations, models and examples for student manipulation and interaction. Students can manipulate information, variables and graphs as they explore, experiment and learn. The environment encourages active and collaborative learning that challenges students to become critical thinkers and to make connections among ideas.
Integrates content and technology into the classroom at no cost to educators. SAS Curriculum Pathways provides Web-based learning environments by using proven instructional strategies and techniques, such as integrating primary-source materials and providing a broad (holistic) context for specific learning concepts and skills. Students learn by using various resources, such as visual models, images, virtual labs, diagrams, graphic organizers, audio recordings of literary excerpts, poetry, dialogues, historical documents, and narrated and captioned videos.
Presents math concepts in a clear, concise and engaging manner. The Algebra 1 course emphasizes mathematical reasoning, rigor and balance. Lessons engage students through real-world examples, images, animations, videos and targeted feedback, requiring students to reason, problem solve, communicate and identify connections between multiple representations. The course covers essential topics in greater depth and balances the three elements essential to "rigor": conceptual understanding, procedural skill and opportunities to apply key concepts (an approach advocated by the lead writers of the Common Core State Standards in their "publishers' criteria").
Employs a learner-centered approach. Using the structured and guided processes of SAS Curriculum Pathways, students of varying abilities can better understand concepts and develop skills. Students become motivated as they use hyperlinked explanations, animations, glossaries and rollover definitions to better understand ideas, and apply and evaluate what they learn.
Integrates various instructional strategies. SAS Curriculum Pathways provides simulations and learning activities that incorporate real data so that students can experience and understand real-world applications. The product lets students test a hypothesis and validate conclusions, construct their understanding using interactive websites, apply learning in other contexts and bring external learning into the classroom.
Incorporates formative as well as summative assessments. All lessons have measurable outcomes – requiring students to apply, evaluate or synthesize information. Interactive Tools provide several means of final assessment; formative assessment is built into the learning process, or the teacher can tailor outcomes to meet student needs. Online activities and resources can be accessed repeatedly in preparation for summative assessments, such as end-of-course tests.