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Pros: Teachers can easily assign, deliver, and grade daily math practice that's targeted to each student.
Cons: Exercises are pencil/paper drills, so they're not highly engaging or accessible by computer.
Bottom Line: This is a simple, streamlined way to deliver and track daily math practice and boost kids' fluency.
Teachers can use Formative Loop to provide kids with five-minute math drills each day. Print the exercises prior to class, have kids complete the exercises at the beginning of class, and grade them before the next day. View the reports to find out if any kids are struggling, and provide remedial instruction as needed.
Teachers start by choosing their school district, school, and grade level. Then they add a class and input student names. The program chooses a starting set of exercises as a PDF that's ready to print. Exercises are intended as daily five-minute practice drills. Teachers collect the students' exercises and grade them using the website's easy-to-use grading program. Reports provide detailed information about student progress; schoolwide reports are also available. Daily exercises are generated for each day of the week and are based on individual student progress.
Formative Loop is an easy-to-use, streamlined way to provide kids with daily math practice. Kids benefit because they get individualized exercises based on progress. Teachers benefit because they get customized daily exercises that are ready to print, and they can view detailed reports that show when kids are struggling. The practice problems focus solely on math skills and practice, so there's little conceptual thinking, and the questions won't excite most students. It would be great to see an option for kids to complete the exercises on a computer, since the only option is paper and pencil.