Your First Speak Agent Lesson
If you are preparing to teach your very first Speak Agent lesson, read on!
- Choose the lesson you plan to teach. In most Speak Agent implementation, the lessons will be named and sequenced according to your school district's curriculum.
- Preview the lesson and choose the activity you'd like to start with. Lessons are provided with a recommended order, but you may good in any order you prefer. "Junior Agent" is for grades K-5 and "Senior Agent" is for grades 6 & up.
- Take a look at the activity guides to get some background on how to best use each type of activity.
- If your school district has a custom webpage on speakagent.com, there may be additional getting started details that are specific to your district. (You would have received this information in your PD/training.) For example, it may include lesson vocabulary lists and answer keys.
- Start by exploring each new activity together with your students. Run each activity in your first lesson one by one. In a physical classroom, use a projector. For distance learning, share your screen or web browser window.
- To run an activity, use the Preview feature. "Junior" is for grades K-5 and "Senior" is for grades 6 & up.
- Most activities are organized into "rounds." Each round is one word, sentence, question, answer choice, etc. — anything that requires a click to respond. A round ends when you complete an answer, make a match, fill in a blank, or press a next button or arrow. When you model the activities for your class, you may just want to do a few rounds, rather than the entire set of tasks. Then have your students complete the whole activity independently before moving on to the next activity.
- After you've demonstrated the first round, try involving your students in deciding on responses together.
- There are some activities, such as Word Gallery, Story Spin, and Math Puzzle Maker, which are always meant to be teacher led or moderated.