Teacher Review for Math Nation

Excellent resource for students, beyond excellent for teachers!

Sherrie Z.
Classroom teacher
Kickapoo High School
Springfield, United States
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My Subjects Math
My Rating
Learning Scores
Engagement
Pedagogy
Support
My Students Liked It Yes
My Students Learned Yes
I Would Recommend It Yes
Setup Time Less than 5 minutes
Great for Further application
Homework
Individual
Knowledge gain
Practice
Student-driven work
Teacher-led lessons
Whole class
Great with Advanced learners
ELL
General
Low literacy
Special needs
How I Use It
I have used this resource as a teacher in 2 different states. It is excellent for flipped learning. If that isn't your thing, on the teacher side, there are warm-ups, activities, resources, all laid out in a way that makes it easy to plan your class. This is better than any other curriculum I have used. There is so much more flexibility. I have used this alongside other curriculum, as well. In those cases I've used it as a supplement and for their activities which were often better than provided in their resources. For students, you have free, on-demand tutoring (if your state/district subscribes) 7 days a week, complete videos to explain every topic to use in class, to use as a flipped classroom, or use for students pursuing virtual learning or who were absent. I would often have students use their workbooks and watch the videos as "homework" then be able to do the activities and reinforcement lessons in class. After all, all students can be successful doing homework, if all it involves is watching the video and taking notes, and then I could spend my time as the teacher, helping them to deepen and extend their knowledge. I have also used the videos in class, which enabled me to work individually with students who needed extra help. There are several "study experts" to choose from, depending on the students' learning style. My students who used this on their own saw increased self-confidence and did better on tests. They liked the tutoring, the videos, and the workbooks. They also liked being able to see what they did wrong on their "test yourself" problems and being able to redo them until they had success.
My Take
I loved using Math Nation. I like the range of activities that are included on the teacher side. For students who struggle and don't have support at home, they loved having tutoring available for them, and I liked being able to see, as a teacher, that they were actually seeking help, was invaluable. I liked being able to see what they were doing online and whether or not they were viewing the videos. Students liked that they could view the resources on a computer or phone. While we have occasionally found an error, the team is very receptive to improving their content and fixing them. That is the benefit of having a mostly digital curriculum. Students can seek help on the "student wall" and teachers have their own "teacher wall" to get help finding and using resources.