Teacher Review for Brilliant

Engaging, thought-provoking math problems ranging from basic math skills to advanced math skills.

David M.
Special education instructor
Romney Middle School
Romney, WV
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My Grades 6, 7, 8
My Subjects English Language Arts, Math
My Rating
Learning Scores
My Students Liked It Yes
My Students Learned Yes
I Would Recommend It Yes
Setup Time Less than 5 minutes
Great for Individual
Knowledge gain
Small group
Teacher-led lessons
Whole class
Great with Advanced learners
Special needs
How I Use It
I have used the product for my special needs Math I, II, and III classrooms. I project the website onto the SmartBoard for additional practice of current math studies. Together as a class, we have completed Basic Arithmetic topics of Subtraction, Division, Exponents, Rational Exponents, Order of Operations: Addition and Multiplication, Order of Operations: Exponents, Order of Operations: Parentheses, Representation on the Real Number Line, Word Problems. We will be looking at Fractions Review in the near future; also, I intend to introduce it as another method of teaching our Geometry Unit in my collaborative Math II classes. The students enjoy a change of pace from lecture and notes gleaned from whiteboard/direct instruction and worksheet practice.
My Take
My overall opinion regarding this project as a teaching tool is that it, in the correct hands, could be a very beneficial teaching and learning tool. The free version is good enough for most unless you run into a problem that becomes difficult to solve. The solutions and solving process are only available via Brilliant Squared (a subscription plan of $4/month billed annually). It is a good tool when the students have practiced a topic via worksheets and just need some additional review prior to an assessment. In fact, the website would possibly make a good assessment vehicle: the kids could copy a problem onto their own paper, or take a picture of it with their phone, work out the solution in small groups or independently, then submit their agreed-upon solution to the site. Also, I have used the site when creating short teaching videos of specific skill sets via the SmartBoard with iMovie on the iPad.