Teacher Review For ST Math: K-5

Highly visual math games might be too much for some students

Kelly A.
Classroom teacher
Ladue Middle School
St. Louis, MO
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My Grades 6, 7, 8
Digitial Citizenship and EdTech Mentor
My Rating 3
Learning Scores
Engagement 2
Pedagogy 3
Support 3
My Students Liked It Yes
My Students Learned Yes
I Would Recommend It Yes
Setup Time More than 15 minutes
Great for Individual
Student-driven work
Great with ELL
Low literacy
Special needs
How I Use It
ST Math K-5 takes basic math skills and represents them in highly visual problem-solving games. There is minimal written guidance throughout the games, which makes the program excellent for ELL or low-literacy students. Students can play the games on a computer or tablet, in-class or at home. This program would work well for tutoring, summer learning, or as a fun alternative to paper-and-pencil homework assignments.
My Take
While some students will be engaged by the no-frills visual game play, the lack of directions and guidance during games could be frustrating for some. Students who already understand the concepts on an abstract level might also find it difficult to complete the tasks given in a more basic way. The information provided to teachers is outstanding, including mastery of skills and time on task. There are some major pros and cons to this program, but overall it could be a great resource for your ELL and low-literacy students.