Teacher Review for Mathalicious

Real world applications encourage creative problem-solving and student questioning.

Wendy M.
Classroom teacher
Midwood High School (Brooklyn, NY)
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My Grades 9, 10, 11, 12
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 More than 15 minutes
Great for Creation
Further application
Homework
Individual
Small group
Whole class
Great with Advanced learners
ELL
General
Low literacy
Special needs
How I Use It
I used several of the Mathalicious lessons to start off my school year; I wanted to set the tone for using math to solve real problems, and also for posing additional questions. What is great about the Mathalicious lessons is the engagement factor - the hook - and translating that hook into a mathematical question. Does Big Dom's pricing structure make any sense? (Ratio and Proportion) How long will it take a ball to make it to first base? (Unit Conversion) At what age difference is it too creepy for an older person to date a younger person? (System of Linear Equations) Some lessons required additional scaffolding for struggling learners, but Mathalicious is very responsive to teacher input. I
My Take
I love this website. When I used it last year, I found that I needed to supplement the materials with support. My students were not always able to mathematically do what the lessons assumed they could, although I don't think this is a shortcoming; as a teacher, I should have better anticipated where they would get confused. What is great about Mathalicious is their creative ideas for lessons. I don't mind having to support with practice when someone else has great ideas, and has created graphics and worksheets to accompany those ideas. It's a little pricey for a teacher who doesn't have school financial support.