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Khan Academy at Eastside College Prep (grades 6-8)

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I went to college to study environmental science and thought that I would be a scientist and after many many summers of working with kids at summer camp spending time outdoors I just decided I really liked working with kids instead and so I went back and got my masters in teaching science at Stanford University and I came to Eastside and I've been here ever since you really need to capture a student's attention in middle school they still have that intellectual curiosity they're not jaded yet and they just really enjoy learning but you can still have really deep conversations with them and they understand things at a higher level when I first heard about Khan Academy the most appealing point of it was that it was going to reach all students where they are and to meet them where they are when I heard that they can work at their own pace and that it would free me up to be able to work with individual groups of students I just jumped on it and I know you always take a chance with something unknown but I felt that it was a chance worth taking and so I'm I just decided to go for it because you never know unless you try I think it has to be a very thoughtful process to make Khan Academy work in the classroom you need to think about the culture of your classroom and setting up norms we're the only two piloting the program so we share ideas all the time we want the expectations to be similar because these sixth graders will soon be her seventh and eighth graders and we want to keep it consistent we talked about peer tutoring we talked about how to watch a video and learn from it so we did a little active listening lesson and then the kids got to explore we gave them computers that a third email accounts let them explore Khan Academy and it started out with 45 minutes every other day of working on Khan we started aligning the curriculum with the the Khan modules and it morphed into this wonderful map that we have of each unit all of the assignments that the kids have and they keep it in a folder it's very neat and orderly but that's that's pretty much how it's morphed over the year on a given day I'm in my math class you'll have a fraction of the students doing Khan modules listening to videos and learning another fraction we'll be working on their textbook work and learning through their textbook and through the notes that I've given I asked okay today who's really struggling with this particular concept and it's amazing like the kids will just raise their hand and say you know that's me you know the video hasn't been enough the book I don't get it and I'm gonna need you and so I'm always with about four or five students I'm working in small groups and before you know it like the hours gone even though I don't get to visit each group I I trust them and I know that they're really engaged and then I can always look back at the dashboard to see what they've done and accomplished and so it's works out really nicely I am most excited about the dashboard and the instant feedback that I get that my students get to show we're weird they're not understanding and things both for themselves and for me so that I can help them and make him recognize their areas that they they need to improve and I think Kahn has done a great job in making it a very user-friendly dashboard integrating Khan Academy into our classrooms did take time upfront but in the end we're not only saving planning time but we're also getting through the material more quickly and so we've got a little bit more cushion time for the kids to really understand what they're learning and practice more it took a lot of work but in the end the hard work pays off because then it's like a well-oiled machine it just goes and the kids are on their own and independent and they're really engaged in it I'll probably never go back to the way I used to teach what it's done for my students is really being able to pinpoint where they're struggling before Khan Academy they weren't as aware about their math skills as they are now and so I've had a lot more success with students with Kontest and the last two units all the kids have passed and that that doesn't happen all the time two minutes before Khan Academy math time is over I ring the bell just to let them know it's time to wrap up and then they groan and they scream and they say no two more minutes five more minutes and that's always a joy for teachers to see that kids don't want to stop learning