November 28, 2011
Students applying themselves
Kelly Jones, 4th Grade Teacher from Ontario writes:
“My students find the games very engaging and interesting. They say they are more fun than most internet games. Students are applying the techniques learned into their math problem solving – I wasn’t expecting that.”
November 21, 2011
Reports getting good reports
This is from Connie Thomas, a Special Education Teacher from Bryant Middle School in Arkansas:
"I am the Title 1 building chair, and we have used the fluency report to demonstrate the effectiveness of the program for Title 1 students. I like seeing how much time the students have been using in the program each day. The principal was very pleased."
Thank you, Jennifer
Jennifer Gentry posted this nice note on our Facebook page:
"This is an excellent supplement to my kids math curriculum. In the month we've been using it I'm amazed at how quickly they've progressed and how much easier its made the rest of their math schoolwork. It frees their minds to think about the interesting stuff in math....AND they love it!"
November 18, 2011
Changes we hope you’ll like
It’s so very important that customers suggest new ways to enhance our Reflex games. Solid feedback makes us stronger. You’ve given us some great ideas and we’ve listened.
Previously, when students switched from addition/subtraction to multiplication/division (or vice versa), the student’s avatar, tokens and purchases were reset as well.
As of this week we’ve launched an update that allows students to retain their tokens, avatar and store purchases.
This means that if your students bought natty outfits or accessories like jewelry for their avatars, these accesories will still adorn their avatars when they login in to learn the new set of operations.
It’s important to note that some items may not readily appear because the student is growing an entirely new Progress Tree. The Progress Tree is planted on the third Reflex session and only becomes active after 9+ days of 'green light' use. Once the tree becomes available, certain store items are still not available until the tree is big enough to support them. For example, you can't put a tree house or a panther on a small sapling. They just don’t fit.
Please don’t worry. The items will become available when the new tree is large enough to support them. At that point, if the student had the item on their tree, it will appear again. If it had been purchased, but was not on the tree, then it will have the same status in the new tree. The item will also appear in the store with a 'sold' tag so that kids don't accidentally purchase the item again.
Bottom Line: Progress Tree purchased items are retained and they will be added back as trees become large enough to support them.
November 17, 2011
Now parents are loving that their kids are loving Reflex
“My daughter is excited to come home everyday and log on! She absolutely loves it! I have seen a huge improvement in the quickness of her math answers and love for math. Great Job!”
--Happy parent from Missouri
November 14, 2011
Getting to school early for Reflex
"I am so amazed with how interested and motivated our students are when working on Reflex math. We are very happy to have Reflex Math as a part of our math program to engage students in meaningful math lessons.
My fifth grade students have begun to use it. They love it!!!!!! They are coming early in the morning so that they can go into the computer lab to work on Reflex.
I was in the computer lab again today at 7:45 a.m. Every computer was being used by a 5th grade student working on Reflex. That is just so exciting to me."
--Lucretia DeFlora, Principal, Fort Bend ISD, Texas
November 10, 2011
Excellent results in math fluency
Stephanie called Reflex phenomenal ... That makes us blush!!!
"The results were excellent in terms of increasing math fact fluency. ALL students loved the application, and were engaged in the activities. From a teacher’s perspective, the data that I can access for each student is phenomenal – it helped explain many problems students were having in my math class. Many problems were not ones of understanding grade 8 concepts, but rather errors resulting from incorrect math facts, or slow processing because of a lack of math fact fluency. Reflex definitely helped improve the students’ confidence in math."
Stephanie Minor – Math and Science Teacher from Ontario Canada
November 9, 2011
Reflex reports get 5 stars
Stephanie Wyeth teaches third grade at Bryant Elementary School in Arkansas. She gives Reflex 5 stars.
I really like the "reports" - they help me with progress monitoring. I like the fact that ALL of my students want to do it - especially my struggling learners. But, it is challenging enough (and FUN) to keep the interest of my advanced learners too. I like that the program automatically "differentiates" for me - that is a blessing of time. I certainly need that in today's busy classroom. Thanks.
Your program is far superior in many ways. The students beg for Reflex time. Kudos to you for building in all the color, sound, games, incentives, and avatar/shopping features that make your program so exciting for kids. They don't even feel like they are working to learn - they are just having FUN!
November 7, 2011
Reflex helps students focus
Gay La Carmichael is an elementary teacher at Hinkley School in the Barstow Unified School District in California. She passed this note to us on her experience with Reflex.
"This program is very user friendly. I like that it is intense and speed related. I like that students can't pause during the cube, speed drill, or picture puzzle. This really makes them focus. Reflex is better than anything I have used in years."
November 4, 2011
Reflex = math motivation
Mary Gust is a math teacher at New Beginnings in the Collier Counter Public School District in Florida. She is having great success with Reflex and her students.
“My students have never been so motivated by a computer program. This is the most stress-free, pain-free method I have ever found for basic fact mastery.
The Reflex site is unbelievably user friendly for someone like myself who is not a natural on the computer. I have not struggled or had to search for any information; the whole site is easy to use.
I have tried other programs on the Internet - I don't even remember their names because none of them worked.”
November 3, 2011
How to make homework more fun
Jennifer Locke is a 3rd grade teacher at John A. Crookshank Elementary in St. Johns County Florida. She uses Reflex to make homework a whole lot more fun!
"My students love being able to access Reflex at home and at school and the games are very engaging. This program is very easy to maintain as an administrator. And, the students enjoy progressing and the rewards they receive."
Thank you for your support Jennifer.
November 2, 2011
The New Age of Flash Cards
Tina Burroughs is an Instructional Facilitator from the New Lexington City School district in Arkansas. She talks about using Reflex in the classroom.
"It's fun and engaging. The students don't even think about all the learning that's happening. I like that it gives a lot of practice on facts that the individual student needs to become fluent in. I love it!!!!!! It's the new age of flash cards."
November 1, 2011
Kids take to Reflex quickly
Kids naturally take to Reflex. They are learning their math facts and having such a great time doing it. Young Charlie asks me everyday after school if he can play Reflex. He says that, "it makes math homework fun." He also begged to do some "more division." Who am I to say no?
To get a free trial for your kids or your students please click on the Reflex link.