Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Posters are up and the stamps are flying!

As I did last year, I have put up posters with student names and Khan exercises. As the students master an exercise, they get to stamp their success next to their name for that exercise. I wasn't sure I was going to do it this year, but I'm glad I did. The student's motivation has definitely increased.

I've also modified my Khan Journal requirement. Now, students can try up to 25 problems before they have to show their work. This way if they know something well enough to get a streak within 25 tries, then I really don't need to see the work. But if they haven't got their streak by then, then they need to slow down, watch a video and start writing down the steps they are doing.

The whole idea behind the journal was to keep students from trying 50, 60, 100 problems until they either see all the questions or just guess right. I think this method will work to prevent that. 


  1. I only just started using KA with my students this week and still have A LOT to learn. I don't know how the site has changed recently. I only know how it is now. You mention asking students to show their work after 25 problems. Is this something that only worked on the old KA or does it work on the new version too?

    1. Hi Ms. Hubbard:
      I have students do their work in a separate notebook (journal) if they miss more than two problems in a row on any module. The purpose of this is so that if they are flagged with struggling on a module, I can meet with them and see where they are making mistakes. The work really isn't connected to anything on the KA site. Hope this helps, thanks for your comment.