How I Use It
Front Row Math has been of great use in my classroom for over a year! Have you ever struggled to find independent work for students during your math block that incorporates technology? During my Math block, students get to use Front Row Math during their independent practice time. Teachers on my team have used Front Row Math as an independent practice reward twice a week instead. Furthermore, I’ve used this outside of the classroom in my private tutoring sessions with students who are on all different levels. When students log on, they are directed to the five main domains in the Common Core Math Curriculum. Students are assigned a domain based on what is being taught in whole group and small group lessons. After choosing that domain, students are given a pretest if it is new to the student. This pre-test assesses students and then begins giving them lessons and questions on which level they are at. Isn’t that awesome? Students are excited to showcase math skills on their levels at this point. If students have special needs, the questions can be read to them, and they can write on the screen as they work out the problem. As students complete adaptive practice, they can earn coins for correct answers that they can later use towards the piggy store where they can dress a pig emoji up in clothing or accessories. The students love this, and they are so intrinsically motivated for the coins as a reward. If students get questions incorrect, they get another chances, and sometimes are directed to watch a video explaining how to achieve the correct answer. Afterwards, students complete two adaptive lessons for the day, and I can check their progress and level on the teacher account. Weekly, Front Row Math sends an email to teachers explaining who made the most progress, who needs to do more practice, and who can be “student tutors” for students in your classroom. This is extremely important to us as educators.
Overall, students are completely motivated to use Front Row Math, whether it is daily, or a few times weekly. Both students in the classroom and tutoring students are learning at their pace, on their levels, at all times. It makes the classroom versatile because students are working at improving their own math skills. Students are also excited about the piggy store, and it's great that they get only about a minute and a half to “buy” something at the store. My favorite part as the teacher is to be able to see student progress in real-time. Front Row shows you exactly what each student was working on and how they improved. It will also tell you what students need improvement on certain topics, or if they need more practice within a certain domain. This is a great tool for differentiation. I have been working in a school where math and literacy levels differ greatly within grade levels because of the high population of English Language Learners, and this tool is has been a great addition to the technology classroom. If students are above their current grade level in a certain domain, then they get some knowledge ahead of time that front loads information for them in lessons to come. There is a free and a paid version of this site. It is common core aligned, so I do hope the free version sticks around! I would highly recommend this to teachers looking for a web-based tool for independent practice to help students improve their math skills at their own pace.