I clearly remember sitting at the kitchen table with my Dad while he tried to explain a math concept to me. I was frustrated and near tears because my Dad just wasn’t doing it right. My poor Dad was equally frustrated because he was confident in his ability to solve the math problem. The sad thing is that we were both right. My Dad did know how to solve the problem, he just didn’t use the same terms and vocabulary that the teacher used.
Thanks to apps like Explain Everything, these kitchen table nightmares can be reduced. A child can record themselves solving a problem, such as regrouping, using the teachers method and vocabulary. When the teacher listens to the recording she has a great opportunity to check for understanding and to use this moment as a formative assessment. Now the child is able to open a dialogue with their parents while sharing the video.
In our second grade example, you’ll notice that there’s a copy of a math poem next to the subtraction problem. The teacher, Mrs. Booth, had the kids take a picture of the poem, upload it to each Explain Everything slide, and then use that vocabulary to work through the steps to solve the problem. Mrs. Booth has her classroom desks in groupings. We showed one child within each grouping how to create this video and they took it from there. Each child became a teacher as they shared the information with the student next to them.
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