Woot Math in a 6th Grade Classroom

As a middle school math teacher, I continue to see many students struggle with making sense of rational numbers and especially operations with fractions. To help address this deep need, I have found Woot Math to be effective in building the conceptual understanding my students need to succeed.
There are many ways I use Woot Math Adaptive Practice with my students. The Adaptive Practice provides a series of books by topic, covering all fraction standards. In sixth grade, we do an entire fraction unit, which I usually start by having them complete the Woot Math Fraction Refresher II unit. This book summarizes all the fifth grade standards, giving me the opportunity to quickly see my students strengths and weaknesses by reviewing the Woot Math Mastery by Topic report. From this report, I am able to immediately get easy to read insights into each student.

The Woot Math Fraction Refresher unit acts as my pre-assessment. I then use the Interactive Problem Bank, provided with Adaptive Practice, to create lessons that cater to the topics that the report identifies my students struggle with the most. The Woot Math Interactive Problem Bank works well with SMARTboards, or can be projected on a whiteboard where students can write directly on the pictures, figures, and diagrams. These lessons meet the needs of visual learners with a variety of models including bars, circles, number lines and more. The lessons meet the needs of auditory learners as we all talk through a problem or process. Additionally, the lessons are hands on, and let students draw on and move shapes around to justify their reasoning. Here is a great example of how to use Adaptive Practice with the Interactive Problem Bank and Woot Math Polls.
Grade 6 Classroom After my initial assessment, I then assign specific Adaptive Practice units to students based on their needs, including more advanced students who require a challenge. The smart software provides help and problems based on the way students answer, giving them appropriate practice. While students are working on Adaptive Practice in class, I have the time to meet one-on-one with students or in small groups to have in depth conversations about their understanding. I trust students to work on their device because they know I can see everything from my dashboard: screenshots of their work, how many problems they complete, and how much time it took them to complete each one. Grade 6 Class using Woot Math What I value most about Woot Math is that it perfectly supplements my curriculum and my teaching. The results speak for themselves: When my students use Woot Math they are more confident about math, and they are able to gain real mastery of the topics that they struggle with the most.

About Janelle:

Janelle Stanton is a full-time math teacher at Broomfield Heights Middle School. She has been a middle school math teacher for ten years. Before becoming a math teacher, she worked in corporate finance. She says that the experience she has had outside of education has supported learning in her classrooms because she can often answer the question, “When will we ever need to know this?” Teaching is her dream job, and she especially loves middle school because “the students are growing and changing in every way, and trying to figure out how to be their best selves.” She believes that middle school mathematics provides the foundation for many necessary real world skills, and is the parent of two middle schoolers. She loves to learn new things and considers herself a lifelong learner. She has presented at local and national math education conferences, e.g., the MidSchool Math National Conference: https://msm2017.sched.com/janelle.stanton. Janelle has a BA in Business Administration with an emphasis on Accounting and Finance, an MBA, and a Masters in Secondary Education with emphasis on Mathematics.
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