November 26, 2011
Also, I have recently started using a new interactive (and FREE!!!) website called XtraMath. Have you heard of it before? I learned about this site from the fabulous teachers at Proteacher and have just started using it this week with my class (I wasn’t asked to do this–it’s just too awesome not to share!).
So, in case you haven’t seen it yet, XtraMath is a non-profit website where students can practice math facts (the teacher can choose whether it’s addition, subtraction, mulitplication, division, or a combination of those areas).Students take an initial placement test to determine their mastery level, then all future practice sessions are catered to their needs. The first series of tests takes a bit of time to do…but after that, the daily practice is pretty quick. It shows a problem, the students have a bit of time to answer it, and the answer shows up in gray if they are stumped, so they can see it and move on.It is just too cool!! Not only are students practicing facts at their level, but their results are also recorded for the teacher to see. So, I can hop on at night and see how my students are progressing (there are charts and graphs for each student) I made a little sample student below…My favorite part (aside from seeing the students’ progress) is that it is self-differentiating–I don’t have to do anything other than choose the subject.
The majority of my class is working on multiplication right now…a few students are working on the basic facts (0s, 1s, and 2s) while others a bit more advanced, and one of my students is working on division (since she has done so well on her multiplication facts). So it is just challenging enough to keep everyone interested–and they have been begging me for XtraMath everday!
So, back to the Password Slips. We’ll be keeping track of our Study Island and XtraMath passwords on these…I’m taping them to the cover of their math books and sending one home for those with computers (I love that they practice on the computers at home too!). Hopefully this printable is something you can use with your guys… I would love to hear if you can! Click on the image below to download this file…So…who’s still eating turkey?? This is my last night of it sadly, it was delicious! Thanks for reading, I am incredibly thankful for all of your kind words and constant inspiration 🙂