Website review by Pamela Brittain, Common Sense Education | Updated December 2020

The Get It Guide

A solid collection of math resources that encourages growth mindset

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6–12
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Pros: Lots of positive messages throughout; content is good and explained well; lessons take a conversational approach.

Cons: Slideshows, worksheets, and videos won't excite students.

Bottom Line: A handy, free resource with some positive messages about learning math.

The Get It Guide offers students and teachers step-by-step instructional videos, slideshows, and worksheets that cover a number of math topics. You can use these resources to introduce students to new topics, reinforce learning that has already taken place in class, boost foundational skill knowledge, and fill in gaps. It would also work well in a flipped classroom setting where students are expected to go through the materials carefully on their own before class. 

These lessons would also be useful as a whole-class resource where students are given copies of the worksheets and the teacher walks them through the slides as a group. Students can then review individual slides on their own if materials were missed. Or, if they want some extra support on a concept (or an associated foundational concept), they can review those materials independently or with guidance. 

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Because of its format, students may be tempted to quickly click through slides of information and may miss understanding the concepts. The slideshow lessons in particular require students to really focus on what is on the screen and actively work through an associated worksheet. While the idea of asking questions along the way is fantastic and should be encouraged, for a student working independently through the materials, this might be somewhat challenging. Used in conjunction with a lesson or with a parent, teacher, or tutor sitting beside the student, it could be a great resource. 

Overall, The Get It Guide provides students, teachers, and parents with some really solid math lessons. They approach the lessons from a very positive perspective and fill it with a lot of growth mindset-based messages such as "I can ... " and "I don't know this YET." The materials also provide many different ways to look at and label math questions so that students don't feel there's only one way to do it, or that the way they may have approached it (because it was different), was wrong. 

The slideshows are self-paced for the students, so they can go back and forth until they understand a topic, and the videos move at a slow pace with pauses for thought. While this might work well for some students, it could be frustrating for others. Since there's nothing very innovative or exciting involved, it will take really motivated students or teacher intervention to make the most of The Get It Guide. The best way for most students to learn with this resource would be to walk through the materials with someone else present asking them the questions along the way so that they slow down and really go through the materials step-by-step. So, while the material isn't groundbreaking, it's a solid, free resource to help kids "get" math.

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Engagement

Students work through slideshows of information at their own pace and follow along with worksheets. The site is quite informative, but there aren't a lot of opportunities for engagement.

Pedagogy

The site gets students to ask a lot of questions and walks them through solutions step-by-step. The presentation is friendly and conversational and encourages students. 

Support

The site contains a few resources and some walkthroughs on how to use the materials, but overall the focus is really just on the slideshows, videos, and worksheets provided. 


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