Believe having more time in the day to plan and review student work would have a significant positive impact on students’ learning
New York – July 16, 2014 – As a new group of teachers prepares to enter classrooms this fall, adaptive learning company Knewton today released findings of its international survey of teachers. The survey provides insight from experienced educators on the challenges facing today’s teachers.
A common theme was the difficulty of finding enough time in the day to tailor lessons and provide personalized feedback.
- 37% of teachers surveyed cited the growing diversity of student needs (different levels, strengths, weaknesses, and backgrounds) as the most challenging part of teaching.
- 21% percent believe smaller class sizes would have the most significant impact on student learning.
- 20% percent believe having more time to plan and review student work would have the most significant impact on student learning.
- More than 80% of teachers surveyed regularly work more than 10 hours per day, with 25% often clocking more than 12 hours.
“Classrooms are filled with students who have different skills, interests, and attention spans,” said Jose Ferreira, Knewton founder and CEO. “Knewton empowers teachers to better address this diversity. By personalizing course material, Knewton makes out out-of-class work more effective and engaging. Knewton analytics also help teachers detect gaps in knowledge, predict performance, and differentiate instruction.”
“It’s crucial to understand the challenges teachers face in order to build technology and tools that support them and aid learning,” said Charlie Harrington, director of business development and co-head of Knewton’s London office. “Adaptive learning can be used to tailor out-of-class work to individual students, giving teachers more time to do what they do best — teach and inspire students.”
Survey respondents represented 14 different countries, ranged from pre-K to continuing education instructors (89% from K-12), and focused on eight subject matter areas (including 37% language arts, 14% math, and 13% social studies/history). The average participant had 13 years of professional teaching experience. The online survey was completed in June 2014. Additional findings are available upon request.
Knewton‘s goal is to personalize lessons for students around the world. Education companies use Knewton technology to power course materials that dynamically adapt to each student’s unique needs. By analyzing data to figure out what a student knows, Knewton recommends what to study next, helping more students master material and get ahead. Knewton-powered analytics identify knowledge gaps and predict performance to help educators, parents, and administrators better support every student. www.knewton.com
Knewton was founded in 2008 and has offices in New York City and London.