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September 16, 2020 | Ms. Jonker
This year we are using Mathspace, an online math practice platform. I wanted to share with you a few of my favorite things about Mathspace.
Mathspace tracks how much time students actively spend on Mathspace. We all move at different paces through problems, and we can all grow in our stamina for math work. Mathspace gives me a way to monitor how long the students are actively working on assignments, whether they are at home or school. It also helps me understand their different work paces and how they do their best work.
If students are unsure about how to proceed with a problem, Mathspace provides ways for the students to get more information independently. Each new problem has hints (lightbulb icon) for the students to read, a video explanation they can watch, and an online, interactive textbook they can look through. This week I encouraged students to use each of these features at least once while they worked on Mathspace.
Mathspace gives me very specific details about each student’s level of mastery in certain topics, when they worked on their assignments, and problems they were stuck on. Mathspace will also let me know when a student has a “learning moment,” indicating when a student used one of the supports on Mathspace to complete a problem correctly.
We are enjoying this new platform! I am excited to see how we grow as mathematicians this year.