Teacher Review For Khan Academy

Math Videos and Support

Jennifer N.
Classroom teacher
Gateway North Elementary
St. Johns, MI
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My Grades 4, 5
My Subjects English Language Arts, Science
My Rating 3
Learning Scores
Engagement 3
Pedagogy 3
Support 5
My Students Liked It Yes
My Students Learned Yes
I Would Recommend It Yes
Setup Time 5-15 minutes
Great for Homework
Knowledge gain
Small group
Teacher-led lessons
Whole class
Great with Advanced learners
How I Use It
I use Khan Academy videos as a tool for review with concepts that need to be revisited or with students who need more support on a concept. The videos are clear and easy to understand. I've also used these videos as a resource for parents, who sometimes describe themselves as "rusty" with certain math concepts. They appreciate the videos as a review, so then they are able to help their children more easily.
My Take
For whole class lessons, at the upper elementary level, these videos are not as engaging for my students. They are not as entertaining as math videos from other sources, so I use them, but not on an everyday basis. I would not promote them as the primary teaching tool at the elementary level, but do still believe them to be a valuable resource for differentiation, review and additional support.