Teacher Review For Newsela

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Sandy B.
Media specialist/librarian
Sequoya Middle School
Holtsville, NY
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My Grades 6, 7, 8
My Subjects English Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies, Arts, World Languages, English Language Learning, Health & Wellness
My Rating 4
Learning Scores
Engagement 5
Pedagogy 4
Support 3
My Students Liked It Yes
My Students Learned Yes
I Would Recommend It Yes
Setup Time Less than 5 minutes
Great for Homework
Knowledge gain
Small group
Teacher-led lessons
Whole class
Great with Advanced learners
Low literacy
Special needs
How I Use It
We use Newsela in gen ed as well as AIS and special ed classes. It is great for differentiation and students also like the fact that if they read at a lower level than some of their classmates, they are not embarrassed. A simple quiz checks understanding.
My Take
I wish that the assessments were a little more extensive. It is good practice for cold reads, so a longer or more comprehensive assessment would be useful. You also have the ability to convert to Spanish, so it would be a great tool for ELL learners, or for those students who take Spanish as a foreign language.