In an ideal Khan Academy classroom, students are not all silently working on laptops. Instead, the classroom is dynamic, joyful, and full of social interaction! A few students may attend a seminar with the teacher while another group works on a project; some students tutor their peers while others work alone. Check out the instructional strategies below to get ideas for what might work for your classroom.
- You see in your coach reports that a student has been struggling.
- You want to provide additional guidance and motivation.
- You want to check in on a student's individual progress.
- You want to set goals and acknowledge accomplishments.
- Find a skill with which a student is struggling. Look at the student's problem history to diagnose errors or misconceptions and prompt the student to discover the answer.
- Use the student's individual Progress Report to review goals, discuss how the student has spent their time on Khan Academy, or talk about other relevant topics
- One student is struggling with a topic that another has mastered.
- You want to enable many levels of differentiation in your classroom.
- Students start to plateau when working on their own.
- You want to reinforce students' knowledge by having them explain concepts to others.
- Use the Skill Progress reports to pair a student who is struggling with a particular skill with a student who has mastered it.
- Create a poster with two columns - "I need help with…" and "I can help with…" - or designate an area on your whiteboard for this purpose. Students can use these lists to request and offer help.
- You want to tailor a lesson to meet the needs of a specific group of students.
- Use the Skill Progress report to figure out which students need a seminar to reinforce a certain concept.
- Create groups based on skill level and allow students within each group to work together on the concepts with which they are struggling.
- Create mixed-ability groups. Give each group one "expert" who can guide their peers in learning specific concepts.
- You want students to apply the concepts they've mastered in KA and deepen their understanding.
- You want to develop real-world skills in leadership, teamwork, and problem-solving.
- Using coach reports, create groups based on skill level and have each group work on a different project.
- When students finish a set of Khan Academy skills, have them start a related project. You can prepare several projects ahead of time and have students complete them when ready.
You can find project ideas here.