It’s that day of the year that students love! But it’s the one day of the year – April Fool’s – that I’ve always faced with a bit of trepidation because I knew I would be spending the day with about 130 middle school students. If you know middle schoolers, you know it can be a little tricky teaching middle school any of day of the year. But April Fool’s day can be the ultimate challenge, as they love to play tricks on their teachers!
No matter how much I tried to prepare for the day, there was always one or two of my students who would catch me off guard and suck me in to their foolery. Needless to say, they always felt quite pleased with themselves for having gotten me.
While the fun and foolishness lasted only a day, it always happened at the time of the year when things seemed most hectic and busy. You know the time of the year. Spring fever sets in and students are ready to shut down. You have meetings to attend, field trips to plan, end of year reports, budget requests, and let’s not forget – doing everything within your power to prepare your students for upcoming assessments! At times the tasks at hand can seem overwhelming.
I’d go home exhausted, wondering how I was ever going to be able to help all the students who needed one-on-one help in learning the math concepts they had yet to master. What I would have given for someone or something to help me with these students.
But it doesn’t have to be that way for you today! There’s free online help for you and your students. Help for you in personalizing instruction and interventions based upon the students’ individual learning needs. Help for your students in the form of a “digital tutor” to assist them in learning math concepts they have yet to master.
A recent Rice study showed that students who used digital tutors as one of their learning aids scored about 7 percent higher on portions of final exams that were taught using homework that included digital tutoring interventions. Researchers said the personalized instruction provided to each student through technology made it much easier to implement the principles of the study and was a more powerful way to provide personalized instruction to the students.
LearnBop digital tutoring system can be used to implement the same type of personalized instruction that was used in the Rice study. You can assign concepts to the whole class, small groups of students, or individual students. We have nearly 130 5th – 9th grade math concepts with over 2000 problems within our content suite like the 5th grade pattern example shown in Figure 1.
Our digital tutor guides a student through a step-by-step process for solving a problem complete with hints, graphics, and videos. Then you can follow up with additional instruction and interventions based upon individual student real time data that LearnBop reports as described in my assessments for learning and math interventions posts.
We value your feedback so we invite you to share your questions, comments, and suggestions about LearnBop or ways you’re using LearnBop to support students in learning mathematics. Thanks!