I was mainly the parent but also dabbled with the teacher role as well. What caught me by surprise was how I felt it was easy to do a mock meeting because you can delete what you typed and then try again, but in real life you cannot rely on a backspace button! To have this real life conversation, you should pause before continuing on. Pausing saves lives, people.
This meeting we did was a concerned parent with the use of Mathletics. Mathletics is an online website for students to practice concepts aligned with the curriculum. It tracks the students individually and allows them to work at their own pace. I LOVE Mathletics. The students love it because it doesn’t feel like work for them because it’s fun. (I just want to point out that I make fun math lessons). I love it because I can walk around and see where they are at and assist if there is guidance needed. It is a nice treat every once in a while! If you want to learn more about Mathletics you can watch the following demonstration of the website:
Along with everything, there could be controversy over the use of Mathletics, and this is what we delved into:
Context: Parent meeting with Teacher
Parent: Hi, I am concerned about the lack of teaching in my child’s math class. Brady said that all he does is play Mathletics. Mathletics looks like math games to me.
Teacher: Thank you for coming to me and sharing your opinion. I value all my student’s parent’s opinions. In education we are working on incorporating technology and digital citizenship in their lives. I believe that students all have a digital identity, or will eventually. A way to develop the foundations of digital identity is through educational resources. Mathletics is an educational website that we do use on occasion. May I log into my account and show you the benefits of Mathletics and how we use it in our class? If you are interested I can show you Brady’s work!
Parent: Yes, please. Thank you.
Teacher: So here you can see there are different options of focus, here we have Patterns. When I click on Brady’s account, I can see his progress, what he is doing well in and what he needs to work towards.
Parent: Well is this all he does? How can he get better if there is no teaching.
Teacher: This is only one of our math centres. We have 5 stations that the students work on, so using this technology is only one of them. They are also using blocks to create patterns, working on worksheets, and in small groups with me and other students.
Parent: So this isn’t all you do then?
Teacher: Our school made the purchase to use Mathletics and all grades from Gr.1-5 use this site. We find it quite educational and the students really enjoy it. It provides another way for students to learn the content at their own pace. It is a great way to track progress and them working independently helps build stamina and competence in their own ability.
Parent: Oh! Thank you so much. I didn’t realize the context it is used. Is there a way I can see Brady’s work too?
Teacher: Of course! I will give you Brady’s username and password so he can work on it at home and you can see what he is working on.
Parent: Great. Thank you!