Teacher Advisor with Watson

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Bottom Line

Great for those in search of a basic elementary math curriculum, but needs more lesson options to fit diverse learners.

How Can I Teach with This Tool?

In Teacher Advisor with Watson, some grades and standards have a choice of a few different lessons to teach that standard. However, most standards outside of second and third grade have one lesson result for each section, and in some cases those lessons are very specific and literal with their instructions. For teachers who already have a district curriculum to follow, this may not be as useful. Independent or home school teachers would probably find the call and response techniques appropriate for smaller class sizes, though, and this would be useful for all other teachers in case a review lesson is required.

What Is It?

Teacher Advisor with Watson is a free search engine that uses the power of IBM Watson to help teachers find math lessons for K-5. After registering with an email, creating an account, and selecting a grade, teachers can search by concept, standard, or teaching strategy. Teachers can also browse for lessons, activities, and strategies that match Common Core State Standards. The Strategies section contains videos and other professional development resources for each grade level.

Is It Good for Learning?

Teacher Advisor boasts Watson as the power behind its search engine, but after a little exploring, you get the feeling that Watson might not have been stretching his legs on this task. It’s very well organized, and lessons are easy to find and print, but there aren’t many options except for in second and third grades. The featured lessons are well written for basic needs, and many include handouts and materials. But there isn’t a lot of wiggle room if the students struggle with an idea; some of the lessons are literally scripted for the teacher and student. This may work well in a homeschool or small group environment, but in a larger classroom with over 15 kids, student responses can be difficult to predict. There’s a lot of value in a free collection of Common Core-aligned math lessons, but if you’re not comfortable with the limited choices available in some cases, then you’re stuck.
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