At the start of this school year, you may want to spend some time reviewing foundational concepts, but you may not want to spend too much time doing so. You also know that some students need only a minimal review (if any at all), while others need to re-learn the material. So how do you accommodate all the different needs of your students?

This is where BuzzMath can be a tremendous help! Since it can generate the same type of problems many times over with different values, it’s like having hundreds of different worksheets with the same type of problems. In addition, students can learn how to do the problems correctly by looking at the step by step solutions. BuzzMath can be used anywhere there is Internet access, so students can work individually on the different skills they need to master, either inside or outside the classroom (i.e. at home).

Let’s look at an example to see how this can work for you.

If you will be teaching operations on fractions this year, your students will need to know about multiples and factors of numbers.

  • First, you may want to assign BuzzMath documents to the entire class focusing on multiples and the least common multiple, as well as, finding factors and the greatest common factor. Here are two documents you could use:
    – Factors
    – Understanding Greatest Common Factors (GCF) and Least Common Multiples (LCM)

  • Next, you can check the BuzzMath teacher tools to see how the students performed. If a student performed poorly when finding the least common multiple, and another performed poorly on factoring, you can assign these individual students more documents according to their needs. These students can complete their respective documents outside the classroom. You may also want to add a quick note to each student’s agenda to alert his or parents of the assignment.
  • Then, you can check each student’s progress to his or her individual assignments using the BuzzMath teacher tools.

With BuzzMath, students that would normally lag behind the rest of the class have a better chance of keeping up with the material. And you can spend less time reviewing and more time on the skills you need to teach this school year. It’s also a great way to quickly assess your students from the start!

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