December 5, 2013
Students are excited to show off their accomplishments
A teacher at an elementary school in Harrisonburg City School District in Virginia wrote to tell us how much she loves using Reflex with her students and how they're all making great progress. "I have even had two students become completely fluent with addition and subtraction so far. They were very excited to move on to multiplication and division!"
On her display she put up in the hall, "students post their awards at the bottom and there's a 'Hall of Fame' for the high scores on each game in yellow on the sides. The kids are really excited to show their accomplishments to the whole school!"
"The reason I think Reflex is so much better than other math fact fluency programs is that the students can earn fun new rewards as they go. It gives the students something to look forward to and a reason to keep playing. Other math programs I've experienced quickly lose their appeal because the students finish the game or get bored with it. I don't think this will ever happen with Reflex!"
She really likes that Reflex gives her "so many ways to keep track of my students' progress. It makes me so excited to look at the reports and graphs and know that the students are truly learning."
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"Students are gaining confidence in themselves as mathematicians"
"Students are gaining confidence in themselves as mathematicians. I have a student who began the year very timid and would give up very easy when it came to working on math. After a few weeks on Reflex, she began to gain confidence in herself as well as her work. She then was chosen to compete in our school's math competition against other schools, where she placed second overall."
--4th Grade Teacher, Elementary School, Calcasieu Parish School District, LA
December 4, 2013
ESOL student is more successful on math assessments after using Reflex
"My students are making steady progress as a class. Students gain more confidence when they become more fluent with their facts and raise their hand more to participate. One of my ESOL students is at the top of her class. Her starting fluency for multiplication facts 0-12 was 40% and her ending fluency is 94%. She is starting to be more successful with her math assessments because she has the foundation that she really needed and has gained more confidence."
--5th Grade Teacher, Elementary School, Brevard County School District, FL
December 3, 2013
Reflex boosts struggling student's self-esteem
"I have a 3rd grader who only knew a few very basic facts. He has worked on the program these last 12 weeks and his fluency has grown. He is at 90% complete. His confidence has grown in math and he feels so much better about himself. He is a struggling reader, so this has really boosted his self-esteem. His parents have commented that he gets on the program at home and works without complaint, which is huge for him! They have noticed a difference in him too. I will change his program 2nd semester to move to multiplication. He said he can't wait!"
--Math Coach, Elementary School, Carroll ISD, TX
December 2, 2013
Bulletin board celebrates student fact fluency and class milestones
A 5th Grade Special Education Teacher in Rochester, NY sent us photos of the bulletin board that she uses to celebrate individual student success with Reflex and to keep track of the class fluency milestones.
"My students look forward to the days in math when they can log onto Reflex. They even ask to get on during Fun Friday! They are fluent in many more facts than when they started. Milestones, fluency gains, classroom milestones .. all are great motivators, and nice when speaking to parents to show them their child's progress."
There are 3 parts to her class bulletin board. The first is a big chart (in the middle) where she tracks her students' fluency gains and the number of facts learned (25, 50, 75, etc.) and total facts solved (500, 1,000, etc.).
Around the chart, she has posted a character card for each student. She got the cards from the Reflex Engagement Kit, and each student got to color in their own character. She then cut out each character, labeled it with the student's name and laminated the cards. "very time they get to a percentage fluent (60%, 70%, 80%, etc.) I have starbursts with that percentage on it that I tape to their character. I have starbursts for 60, 70, 80, 90, & 100 percent fluency for 0-10 addition/subtraction, 0-10 multiplication/division, and 0-12 multiplication/division. Ideally, they will become fluent in all the assignments, and they can get 15 starbursts in all. I will send their characters home with them at the end of the school year."
In order to keep up with all of the milestones, she checks the Reflex reports every week and prints out the certificates to send home with the kids.
Using Reflex increases deaf student's confidence
"One of my students is deaf and is behind many of her peers due to her delayed language development. Since beginning Reflex, both her interpreter and I have noticed an increase in her confidence and speed when it comes to basic math facts. She is more willing to volunteer in class and her math work reflects these basic concepts, allowing her to focus on the more difficult concepts we are working on."
--3rd Grade Teacher, Elementary School, Buncombe County School District, NC
November 29, 2013
Reflex helps students "master other Common Core math concepts"
"My students have made great progress with this program. Reflex is helping my students gain fluency in their addition and subtraction facts which is helping them master other Common Core math concepts with accuracy. I have an advanced student who has already achieved 100% fluency in addition and subtraction. I also have a student who struggled tremendously last year and was on the verge of retention. As of today, this student had achieved 75% fluency in addition and subtraction."
--2nd Grade Teacher, Elementary School, Marion Community School District 2, IL
November 28, 2013
"Thank you so much for giving our students this opportunity"
"I can see improvement in all my students through performance in class and homework. They get excited to tell me what level they are on and what they bought at the store. Most of the students are zooming through and love it. They want more. We are loving Reflex! Thank you so much for giving our students this opportunity."
--4th Grade Teacher, Private School, AL
November 27, 2013
"How do you know that?" Reflex!
"We were working on adding 8 to any number. The students were sharing their strategies. When asked, how do you know that, the students replied, 'Reflex!' Another students was asked how she knew that 1/3 of 12 was 4. She said, 'I learned from Reflex that 8 + 4 = 12 and that there are two fours in 8!'
Reflex makes learning to be fact fluent fun. It takes the burden off of me to spend precious class time instructing and drilling facts, and it frees up their mental energy and stamina to tackle the harder concepts in math."
--3rd Grade Teacher, Elementary School, Denver Public School DIstrict 1, CO
November 26, 2013
Reflex makes it easy to see student progress and reward success
"Great progress. Certificates for milestones and fluency are printed out weekly, given in class (with applause), and sent home for parents to see and follow-up with praise! They love their certificates, and it is an easy way to acknowledge their performance. Reflex is the best way to 'outsource' facts drill and practice to a fun alternative. I used to make copies of facts practice to go home weekly, and give weekly timed tests (which had to be graded) and kept records of their scores on those tests. It was a hassle all the way around. But now it is so much easier to get my kids to do the practice, see how much they are practicing, see their progress, and reward their success! I love it."
--3rd Grade Teacher, Elementary School, Green Local School District, OH