ACT® Prep was only the beginning of the story. Soon, the district's teachers and students took it upon themselves to investigate other ways Shmoop could support classroom instruction. Today, all Putnam County teachers have access to Shmoop's suite of digital resources, which includes comprehensive curriculum materials for grades 5-12.
The following elements highlight Putnam County’s unique Shmoop curriculum:
- Teachers leverage Shmoop’s English language arts literature guides to enhance their lessons. These online resources support critical thinking and the student-centered language with ever-present humor to drive engagement.
- Teachers actively leverage Shmoop’s online learning materials in subjects including history and Mythology. These supplement traditional learning materials with fun and interactive content.
- Math teachers are using Shmoop's Math Shack to support students who need extra reinforcement of foundational skills. The online program uses assessments to diagnose where students are in their learning and, based on these individual results, provide additional materials to help them progress in the right direction. Meanwhile, advanced math students are able to leapfrog ahead by accessing Shmoop's AP course curriculum.
"When it's your teachers and students that are going above and beyond what's required to investigate different ways to use a platform, you know it is making a difference," says Lance Key, teacher and Instructional Technology Specialist for Putnam County. "The value of the program and the many ways we can use it in Putnam County was the deciding factor in our decision to move forward. The fact is that Shmoop is different—not only does it include test prep plus instruction, but it takes it a step further by injecting humor into the lessons. Both our students and teachers love it."
Putnam County spans more than 400 square miles across central Tennessee, with the closest major metropolitan city (Nashville) more than an hour drive away. Today, the rural school district serves over 11,000 students and includes three non-traditional schools plus twelve elementary, five middle, and three high schools spread across the county.
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