Teacher Review for HELP Math

Math Tech to the Rescue!

Danielle D.
Classroom teacher
Robert H. Goddard MS 202
Ozone Park, NY
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My Grades 6, 7, 8
My Subjects Social Studies
My Rating
Learning Scores
My Students Liked It Yes
My Students Learned Yes
I Would Recommend It Yes
Setup Time 5-15 minutes
Great for Individual
Knowledge gain
Student-driven work
Great with ELL
Low literacy
How I Use It
Students were given an initial or adaptive exam based on their grade level. When the adaptive exam is completed the system places the student at a particular Math level based on the grade they received. If a student is in the 6th grade but at a 3rd grade math level, the system begins the student at the 3rd grade level and works them up to be at grade level. As a technology teacher students use a few classes a month to use technology for math support by using this particular site. Math educators can assign various lessons which the student will have to complete and results are then sent to the math educator. HelpMath is based off the students results so each student could be at a different point in a lesson. After each section of the lesson there are mini quizzes. Students are allowed to go back into the lesson which uses various characters and music. At the end of the lesson students take an assessment based off the lesson. As the teacher you can set the score they need to achieve in order for the student to go onto the next lesson.
My Take
Overall this was a good teaching tool, I liked that each students lessons were personalized (custom curriculum) based on their adaptive performance. Many ELL students were able to use this program. Students seemed to enjoy it, unless they have to retake the assessment. Only downfall is that students can skip continously thoughout the lesson and not identify what they did wrong on their assessment. The program is engaging, some characters learn towards the younger elementary age (I used this for middle school). After students were done with the custom curriculum I was unsure what to do or where do go, using Math Foundations 1, 2, 3, Numbers Make Sense, etc.