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I think what's fun for me is watching my students get excited about math because I'm a math nerd my students at the beginning we're like math sucks I don't really like math but more and more of them are getting excited and getting excited when they understand something both my principal and I the very same day heard the same piece on NPR talking about Khan Academy and there were time with the videos when they mentioned the exercises and we both had the same reaction for what exercises Khan as exercises and mostly realized they had exercises you said we've got to look deeper at this there's something here we can really use we had experimented with online learning already with another program that wasn't working and I had gone on to Khan Academy and experienced it and saw how much better it was how much students could learn and so I was excited for students to learn in an online forum that would actually work the thing that surprised this was the way kind of work to help change the habits of these kids previously when they looked at in homework problems was difficult they stopped I can't get it I won't do it something about Khan can't just stop because well then how do I move that bar forward how do I make good progress on the system it seduces them into doing more effort they start doing the effort they start taking responsibility for their own education high school students are definitely lacking a lot of foundations there's some big gaps specifically negative numbers fractions decimals they come in to ninth grade and they're like oh I've heard this speech before I already know it and so Khan Academy says actually you don't know it because you just got this from wrong and so it confronts them with their own false confidence and then they're like okay now we need to learn it and they learn it finally for the first time we test our students coming in every year before school starts we give a test and out they take an allotrope we want to see how much they know and unfortunately know very little last two years incoming freshman average score on a algebra pre assessment 17% exactly the same last year's class did not use Khan this year's class uses colors same lecture same teacher as brilliant as we are we haven't really changed kindness to change in factories and our scores have been much higher the average last year was 37% the average this year 72% some students took off right away they realized that they could actually go in and learn whatever they wanted as long as they got the required learning done so I have students that are learning calculus already and that jumped into geometry right away because they thought it was cool other students took a while to figure that out because they were still plotting through the required stuff but as more and more of them are getting stronger they're getting happier about making choices about what they get to learn we actually have two different classrooms in my classroom there are no computers they have a computer lab where about two or three times a week they're working exclusively with the computer when they're with me I'm explaining problems they're doing problems what's different in my room is this my kids are more engaged they're getting more help in the basics of solving equations factoring quadratics graphing parabolas it's almost as if they weren't doing homework before now they're doing homework but it's Khan homework Khan is changing the one thing that needs to be changed with these kids which is their learning habits finds a way to get them to take more responsibility Khan has helped me win that battle and that's the battle I could not win by myself now that they're fully engaged I actually have more of a challenge of being a math teacher now I have to find a way to really take them deeper into more complex problems solving more difficult word problems because they are engaged in the reading fourth I think the biggest change I've seen in our students is their idea about how learning happens students felt that the teacher told you information and magically you understood it and you did well and Khan Academy has really changed that now the students realize that it's their job to figure it out and their supports for them but they're responsible for understanding it you