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### Course: Getting Started Teacher Training (U.S.) > Unit 2

Lesson 1: Classroom strategies- Celebrate class progress with the LearnStorm Tracker
- Ideas for using Khan Academy in your classroom
- In-class practice
- Homework
- Review and test prep
- Differentiation and remediation
- Creating Mastery Goals with Khan Academy
- Using Khan Academy for self-paced practice
- Using Khan Academy for lesson-aligned practice
- Using Khan Academy for review
- Using Khan Academy for homework
- Strategies to engage and motivate students on Khan Academy
- Humanities with Khan Academy
- Tips for effective distance learning

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# Using Khan Academy for self-paced practice

How to allow students to develop an individualized pathway through Khan Academy content

## Overview

In this model, teachers use Khan Academy as a tool for students to practice a year’s worth of subject material at their own pace, with less direct guidance from a teacher.

This model is especially popular for:

- Teachers using Khan Academy's Mastery System, MAP Recommended Practice, and/or Official SAT Practice
- Support, resource, or special education teachers
- Credit recovery courses

### When is Khan Academy used?

Highly flexible. This model could be used in-class or out-of-class.

### What content is typically assigned:

- Mastery-enabled courses
- MAP recommended practice
- Official SAT Practice

### What is the cadence for assignments?

When using self-paced practice, teachers may choose not to assign individual skills to students. Instead, teachers can assign a course mastery goal, which covers all the skills for a grade level (ex. 7th grade) or topic (ex. pre-Calculus).

Teachers may also combine self-paced practice with other models by choosing to periodically assign skills to students.

### How does a teacher guide students to the right content?

**Course Mastery**: Teachers assign the selected course(s) to students as a course mastery goal. Teachers either assign the on grade-level course to students or based on additional understanding of the student's skill levels assign a goal below or beyond grade-level.

**Map Recommended Practice**: Teachers input student’s MAP scores and use the personalized practice recommendations.

**Official SAT Practice**: Teachers have students link their College Board accounts and past PSAT and/or SAT scores to generate a personalized learning pathway.

### How do teachers grade using Khan Academy's Mastery System?

Some teachers grade student mastery based on overall mastery percentage (as viewed in the Progress tab of each class on the Teacher Dashboard). Teachers may expect certain milestones throughout the school year (example: at least 20% mastery by end of October, at least 50% mastery by end of January, etc.)

Other teachers incorporate a time requirement and expect students to practice for 30, 60, or 100 minutes per week in addition to reaching specific mastery benchmark goals.

### What does a teacher do with mastery data reports?

Teachers check the

**Progress**tab to see class progress at the overall course and unit levels.By clicking on an individual

**Unit**the teacher can dive deeper into the individual skills in that unit. This allows teachers to:- Identify specific skills where several students are struggling. This may help a teacher identify topics for small group or whole-class instruction.
- Identify potential peer tutoring pairs. Teachers often pair students who have mastered skills with students who are struggling on that same skill.

## Teacher routine

### First day and week

Teacher explains:

- Idea of mastery-based learning and self-paced practice
- The grading policy for Khan Academy self-paced practice
- The difference between practice exercises and mastery challenges (if applicable)

### Ongoing use

**Before class**

- Teacher scans the course page of the
**Progress**tab for students to celebrate or encourage - Teacher scans skills on the unit page of the
**Progress**tab and sets up peer tutoring pairs, and identifies a topic for in-class review

**During class**

- Teacher announces peer tutoring pairs and writes names and topics on the whiteboard
- Teacher works with a small group or the entire class on a review topic
- Teacher circulates throughout the room and provides 1-on-1 help while students are practicing

**After class**

- Teacher may enter grades into their gradebook
- Teacher may adjust topic for next day’s direct instruction based on student practice results

## Want to join the conversation?

- How to delete last years class and add a new class(5 votes)
- where do students see their MAP recommendations?(4 votes)
- How do you enter MAP scores?(4 votes)
- Teachers input student’s MAP scores and use the personalized practice recommendations.(0 votes)

- I
**was**using the percent of content mastered as our accomplishment metric, but every time Kahn updates, their percentages go DOWN, and the kids are finding it really demoralizing. Obviously their learning is going up, but the numbers show them going backwards overnight!

Can you send an announcement when this is going to happen, or can you at least stop suggesting that people use percentages as a benchmark so other kids are spared this frustration?(3 votes)- No. From what I am able to see, I do not believe that this problem has been fixed or solved.(0 votes)

- If I assign a mission to a class and use self-paced learning, how do I quickly see the next practice for each student? I want to assign groups for students that are working at the same place in a unit. For example, in the Quadratics unit in Algebra, students who are working on factored form should be grouped, while students who are working on vertex form should be together. If I pull up the progress report and try to assign by “not started” or “struggling,” students working on factored form will also be listed with vertex form because vertex form comes later in the unit. Thanks.(3 votes)
- I would like to understand the basics of google classroom to implement it through your academy.(2 votes)
- I would do it the other way around - set your classes up in Google Classroom to post announcements, provide feedback, share files, etc. Then import your roster from google classroom into Khan Academy.(2 votes)

- How do you set a time requirement as a weekly goal?(2 votes)
- I use The Khan Academy Leaderboard and Grading Slips: https://room-to-discover.teachable.com/courses/differentiate-math-class-with-khan-academy/lectures/5749413(2 votes)

- How do I eliminate Mastery from a class?(1 vote)
- how do I assign grade level mission to all my students?(1 vote)
- With doing remote learning, I want to set a 30 minute time requirement to practice the skills each day. Is there a way to do that and to monitor if students completed that?(1 vote)