Today we have a guest post written by Dawn Straith, a current user of Wowzers who wanted to share her experiences with us. Mrs. Straith makes great use of our award winning classroom management system to differentiate learning plans for her students while still bringing them together for group discussions. Please continue on to read Mrs. Straith's guest post.
Wow, We Love Wowzers!
I am a teacher of gifted math students in a K-8 day school. We are on a dual curriculum so we spend only about 35 minutes a day on the topic of math. Therefore, I must greatly compact the typical math program. This year, we started using the Wowzers program in my 2nd through 4th grade math classes. The students fell in love with the program from the minute they started using it. They find the gaming component to be very engaging and I find that the students cant wait to start math and cant wait to get home to do their homework! Parents love that they do not have to fight with their children to do their homework. I love that my students want to practice math outside of the general school day.
During a typical day, I present the days lesson during class which spawns mathematical conversations about the topics presented. If time allows, the students start the practice, game, and quest during class. They complete whatever activities they did not finish in class along with the daily quiz for homework. I love that the Wowzers program provides my students with instant feedback and provides me with daily performance evaluations (i.e. scores from the quizzes). This allows me to immediately differentiate if needed. The program allows not only for differentiation but for whole group conversations as well as individualized work. If a student is absent, he/she has access to the days lesson and activities from home or from wherever in the world they are as long as they have an internet connection. This allows students to keep up with classwork even if they are out for an extended period of time. If a student does not have internet availability, there are daily assignments and projects that can be printed and distributed. I typically use these assignments for review.
I am very pleased with the program and what it has to offer. It helps cut down on the amount of time I spend prepping for class and provides immediate feedback to the students, parents, administrators, and myself. It is very engaging even to the student who typically does not like or does not do well in the area of mathematics. Please check out my website at www.mrsstraith.weebly.com for more information about my classes.
We thank Mrs. Straith for taking the time to write about her experience using Wowzers so far and we encourage you to check out her website. For more information about Wowzers, feel free to check us out on Facebook or Twitter. You can also request more information and being a free 21 day trial at www.wowzers.com.