Teachers can use the FlexMath lessons to help explain math concepts to the whole class or in small groups. In a flipped classroom environment, students could preview the lessons at home and work on learning the key vocabulary associated with each lesson. Practice exercises could likely be done at home or at school.
In the classroom, working on the exercises in pairs could help enhance math conversations. Teachers can use data from the website to check for students' understanding and plan next steps for instruction. FlexMath would also be a useful extension for students that are aspiring to explore more advanced math concepts.Continue reading Show less
FlexMath's free lesson plans and activities are designed to support middle and high school students' algebraic thinking. The site is currently adding new material -- at the time of review it has 84 algebra lessons, 5 geometry lessons, and a comprehensive set of mental math activities.
Students can browse and access the content on their own, or teachers can set up groups and assign content from the calendar page. Lessons are sorted by subject area -- however, there isn't any mention of Common Core State Standards, or any other standards, on the site.
FlexMath's best uses come with its solid approach to teaching algebra and mental math. Each lesson is divided into several parts including: presentation, exercises, practice, conclusion. The introductions for each lesson are a great way to set the stage for new learning concepts. However, while the site's blended-learning approach is nice, it isn't always clear which activities are intended for online completion, and which ones are paper-based. It would also be a bonus if content could be more accessible to English learners, and those with differing learning styles.
Setting up a class is fairly straightforward, but there are a few unnecessary obstacles. Teachers can't add students directly to their FlexMath groups. Instead, students must add themselves, providing an email address to FlexMath for account setup. Also, an easier way for teachers to assign and assess students' work would be nice. Teachers might find it helpful if they could mix and match lesson from all three subject areas on one calendar.
Key Standards Supported
Expressions And Equations
Use variables to represent two quantities in a real-world problem that change in relationship to one another; write an equation to express one quantity, thought of as the dependent variable, in terms of the other quantity, thought of as the independent variable. Analyze the relationship between the dependent and independent variables using graphs and tables, and relate these to the equation. For example, in a problem involving motion at constant speed, list and graph ordered pairs of distances and times, and write the equation d = 65t to represent the relationship between distance and time.
Use variables to represent quantities in a real-world or mathematical problem, and construct simple equations and inequalities to solve problems by reasoning about the quantities.
Analyze and solve pairs of simultaneous linear equations.