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Another great resource for Math Fact Friday is Khan Academy. When I was in the classroom, I
had a class set of netbooks and headphones (very important!) I could use and
had students practice their Khan Academy for 5-10 minutes for Math Fact
Friday. It was great because students
could practice lessons at THEIR LEVEL.
It was the definition of differentiation in the math class. Khan Academy has practice lessons from basic
adding all the way through calculus. It
also has videos and hints to help struggling students. As a teacher it was great because from my
teacher account I could see what the students were working on and how many
problems they got right or wrong. When I
used Khan Academy for Math Fact Friday, I would let students choose any lesson
they wanted to work on or math video they wanted to watch. This fosters a curiosity about math for
students instead of a fear of hard math.
You’ll notice the less confident students working on extremely easy
problems, which in turn helps build their confidence. You’ll also see confident students attempting
calculus problems when they are in Algebra 1!

As a Tutor, I now use Khan Academy to assign practice
between sessions. I try to choose easy
practice lessons to assign. I don’t want
it to feel like homework to the student.
The first assignment I give them is always to do any lesson they feel
like and watch any video they want. This
is to get them comfortable with the website and learn some of its
features. If the student doesn’t
complete the assignment or isn’t able to, we just go over similar problems in
the first 5 minutes of tutoring as a “warm-up.”
This way they realize they have to do it either way and they aren’t
getting out of it. I usually keep very
open communication with Mom and or Dad about EVERYTHING that has to do with
their kiddo. This usually ends up with
Mom or Dad telling the student that they need to do the Khan Academy before I
get there to maximize time with me.
Since it is only 5 problems, usually students are willing to at least
try.

As a student Khan Academy can help you pass your math class! It is a great resource if you can’t afford a
tutor or if you don’t really need one consistently but you get stuck
sometimes. Khan Academy has videos
explaining almost every topic from elementary school math all the way through
some college courses. There are also
practice exercises to master and badges to earn. It’s a great resource for over summer when
you forget everything you learned the previous year.

Tutors and Teachers: Do you use Khan Academy? How do you use it?

Students: Have you used Khan Academy before? What are some pros and cons?

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