How I Use It
Dreambox is an online interactive math tool that I use daily during Math instruction. Students are able to connect what they are completing online, to the concepts we are discussing in class. The best part about the tool is that it is Common Core aligned. I currently use Dreambox as a 20 minute, small group rotation. I have found that the students are constantly engaged and having fun while continuing to master concepts that are being taught in class. Before the students log on to Dreambox, I remind them of my expectations and I also tell them specific activities I would like them to complete. If we are learning about fractions for the week, I ask that they focus on lessons that involve fractions. Once I see they have completed that, I allow the students to complete a lesson of their choosing.
I absolutely love using this tool in my classroom. The benefit of using Dreambox is that I am able to track all students’ progress. I am able to see which lessons the students are playing, which standards they are mastering, and whether they are being productive or not. I can then take the data to decide what topics I need to revisit during my small group instruction. Dreambox also provides a Classroom Usage Report that allows me to see the whole class ranking, as well as compare individuals in the class. I am able to see the numbers of sessions that have been completed, the number of lessons completed, and the number of units completed. This allows me to regroup students based on common needs. I use the data to reflect and recognize the standards I need to revisit in my whole group instruction.