Teacher Review For Front Row

Front Row Ed in the High School Math Classroom

Eric M.
Classroom teacher
Cuba City High School
Cuba City, WI
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My Grades 9, 10, 11, 12
My Subjects Math
My Rating 5
Learning Scores
Engagement 5
Pedagogy 3
Support 4
My Students Liked It Yes
My Students Learned Yes
I Would Recommend It Yes
Setup Time 5-15 minutes
Great for Homework
Individual
Knowledge gain
Practice
Great with Advanced learners
ELL
General
Low literacy
Special needs
How I Use It
I use Front Row with my students at the high school level to help catch any gaps in learning they might have. If a student already understands something and is ready to be challenged Front Row automatically moves them up to the new level. If students are struggling Front Row provides tools for them (videos and examples) until they can get it right. Each month I assign anew domain each of which is aligned to the Common Core standards.
My Take
The questions are aligned to the Common Core standards which is awesome...but they are only for grades 1st through 5th. This is great because those are the standards I need them to understand before they come to class and front Row makes sure that happens. However, Front Row asks the 1st grade standards like it is talking to a 1st grader. For example: If front Row is checking to see if students understand the numerator of a fraction it might ask "Sally squirrel is 4/5ths of a foot tall and Billy Badger is 5/5ths of a foot tall. Who is taller?" Its a great question, but if you ask it to a junior in high school he will look at you like your nuts (pun intended). The special ed department really likes that Front Row can read questions out loud to students and how easy it is to switch students to Spanish. Bottom line: This resource does exactly what I want it to...but the students would prefer it if there was a way to let the computer know that its talking to a big bad 16 year old.