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no one ever says oh I just don't read or I didn't like the English language but it's totally okay and socially acceptable to say oh I don't do math we live in a really quantitative world and I want to help students see how math is everywhere when they shoot a basketball when they when they drink a cup of water and I want them to be able to think quantitatively because that's to me a huge skill that'll get them ahead in life in a lot of different ways so I'm at San Jose is the third school in the Summit Public Schools Network the first school summit prep was featured in Waiting for Superman a few years ago and we just started this year as the third school in the network we decided we would do something different than the other summit schools when we open this school up so we have this special math program we combine face-to-face instruction with this computer-based learning in ways that make the most sense for kids that create the best learning experiences heard about Khan Academy last school year probably when the first TED talk aired we looked at all different content providers and they promised that they would give us a strong relationship and help us out when we needed it we started here not knowing what would unfold at all we've really worked with them on saying what we need and they've been really good at giving us what we need and what other teachers need and I think that's only going to get better and better Khan Academy is great for a lot of reasons it makes your job harder because it just sets your bar higher of what you should be planning for your students when you get all that data that's really easy to access it pushes you to say maybe this lesson that I thought was good for my whole class is only good for 20% of my class I should go back and think about what I'm really asking my students - whether that's something that's on too high of a level for 80 percent of the class or something that's too low of a level for the class when you assign homework oftentimes you're solidifying bad practices and you're solidifying misconceptions what con is really good at doing is giving instant feedback to all 36 kids in my classroom in a way that I could never do so every student on every problem is getting instant feedback those misconceptions are not solidified I think that's one thing Khan has changed dramatically is now their learning processes they weren't how to do them correctly as opposed to just learning how to get by the students kind of see it as a video game where in a video game you fail all the time right in math you fail all the time in every everything in school you should fail all the time and you should learn from those mistakes and what we've noticed has been great is that students learn from their mistakes before it's too late and they grow and they learn the math instead of continuing to pretend they understand it just like for any adult goal setting is very important and we found with students making those goals very specific and very attainable are things that get them motivated everybody can go on Khan Academy now and say I have a goal to finish these six exercises and it keeps track of it on top it shows you what percentage of it you finished and then it tells you when you're finished with your goal and our students have really liked that validation that they set a goal and they completed it and they had a sense of accomplishment from it it's changed my students because they're more accountable and they know where they're at they definitely have a sense of whether they know something or they don't they are much more vocal and advocate for themselves and it's changed me because I know a lot more about my students Khan Academy doesn't allow the students to hide the deficits in their knowledge it really challenges you to provide really excellent lessons for as many students as possible because you just have all of this information about your students it's great for motivation it's great for practice I wouldn't go back and teach another way if I had the choice you