How I Use It
ST Math is a visually based learning website. In my eyes it's like virtual manipulatives! Rather than describing it to the students in words it's completely visual which can benefit ELL or low literacy students. I use ST Math in math workshop stations about once or twice a week. It took my students some time getting use to not seeing directions and that was a struggle at first from a teaching stand point. Being able to print out reports on how the students are progressing allows me to check in with students and discuss some of the areas that are representing a struggle. I teach 5th and 6th grade students and I really like how the website teaches fractions. St Math does an excellent job visually displaying the fractions and showing how fractions work. I noticed my students had a better understanding of fractions after using this website!
ST Math is a great tool to have as station work, at home or after students get their classwork done. My students love seeing JiJi the penguin! If you overuse the website students will grow bored of it, just like anything else. Having the math be all visual helps my lower level math students gain understanding of what is happening mathematically. Rather than just learning an algorithm they gain mathematical understand of a concept.