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they're quirky I they don't always smell great but I really love teaching middle school they're pretty amazing and it's a really pivotal age in terms of instruction and learning and if you're able to make an impression about age it can really set students on down a path to be really successful to have a lot of opportunity options I really enjoy teaching math because I feel like too many times students a really terrible experience with math and so I'm really passionate about filling in those gaps with kids and creating a meaningful math experience for them that allows them to sort of reimburse math and a love for mathematics when I started the beginning of this year students were tremendously below grade level these are sixth graders that enter this school anywhere between a 2nd grade level to I think the higher range being at a beginning 4th grade level so on average about two years two and a half years behind I was at the charter school conference in San Diego last year and Sal Khan spoke at the conference about Khan Academy 8 on create a little bit of a spark and I sort of probably was a little disruptive but was talking to the people sitting next to me being like oh I want to do this in my classroom I don't know how we're gonna do it I'm gonna go rogue if I have to and find the computers and make this happen and so after hearing Sal speak at the conference I went back and just went with it and started putting my students that were struggling on Connie they were really into it I think given the demographic that we teach this age wise in the generation we teach technology is so heavy in their lives every year everywhere they are its technology they're really excited to be using Khan Academy they were like yeah I uh I got this III can do division now I couldn't do division before using the data I king break students into groups I can target students who are specifically struggling in certain areas I can also see students as a whole like if for instance the class completes a module on like Beast common multiple and they've all mastered it before I introduce in the class then I know hey this is it something I need to spend as much time on so as a teacher it's freed up learning time for me to use time more efficiently as well and that's really helpful as a teacher in my classroom to really push kids helping them make progress towards the next grade level but also helping them make progress just as mathematicians in general when I started the beginning of this year some of them liked math a lot of them didn't like math and Khan has just has been a incredibly valuable tool in terms of just buying them in I've one students specifically who stands out and I think of them is I go I used to hate math and now now I really love it they're not only accessing sixth grade curriculum but they're also succeeding in the sixth grade math curricula some of the students have made two years growth mathematically Khan Academy allows them to go back if they didn't get it or if they got it to engage in a different type of mathematics it's just really awesome to see them there on Khan Academy doing their thing searching for videos tying it back to what we're learning in class and being motivated to take charge of their own learning