Reflection: Connection to Prior Knowledge Language of Algebra with Real World Contexts - Section 3: Independent Practice


It is so important for me to know the needs of my students. During the school day, this is a difficult task because it is 150-to-1 in my classroom by the end of the day. Nonetheless, I try to provide assignments and assessments that are beneficial to a student's particular needs. I support this by teaching my students diverse methods and allowing them to use strategies that make sense. In addition, I use different formats and media to present the material to them, and, to provide them with opportunities for practice.  Khan Academy is one of those methods (see my "Choosing to integrate..." reflection for more about this). I find that KA provides me quick access to useful student performance data on practice problems that I have assigned.  

In addition, I am learning that some students respond well to working online, using Khan Academy resources. One of my students this year was completing very few of his assignments, leading me to conclude that his math skills were low. However, when I gave him Khan Academy as an assignment, he completed the assignment quickly and accurately. I have a few other students who demonstrate a similar preference for online, self-paced learning. But, some of my students have shared that they do not care for Khan Academy. In some instances this is because a previous teacher used it for mastery and assigned many hours of KA practice. I think that assignments, lessons, and activities should be varied as much as possible to keep students engaged.  

Remediation is time consuming.  In this unit, I use Khan Academy regularly to help me utilize time wisely.  If students do some practices outside of class time, it allows me to spend more time on challenging Algebra I content.

My students know that my expectations this year are for them to complete several homework practices outside of class, particularly if they have not learned content in prior courses.  The practices are short and helps meet the objectives or remediation that the student was unable to complete in class. The format of the KA website helps with this intervention.

  Providing diverse assessments
  Connection to Prior Knowledge: Providing diverse assessments
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Language of Algebra with Real World Contexts

Unit 2: Expressions, Equations, and Inequalities
Lesson 1 of 8

Objective: SWBAT Translate words to math and math to words using correct operations, grouping symbols, and powers.

Big Idea: To Bring the Language of Algebra Alive in the Context of Real World Scenarios!

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Expressions (Algebra), Math, Inequalities (Algebra), Introduction to the Language of Algebra, equation, Khan Academy Practice
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