7 Ways DreamBox Delivers for Teachers and Students Alike
A 5th Grade STEM facilitator dishes on all things DreamBox
We asked DreamBox Nation member Amy Crisp from Johnnycake Corners Elementary in Ohio to share why she uses DreamBox in her classroom. A veteran DreamBox user and STEM facilitator, Amy gave us the top seven reasons she’s a DreamBox devotee:
- Age-appropriate Learning Environments: DreamBox does a nice job tailoring content that appeals to kids of different ages using separate layouts, characters, and gaming features based on K-2, 3-5, and 6-8 grade levels.
- Amazing Support and Collaboration: DreamBox listens and responds. In addition to receiving timely and in-depth answers to my questions, there are forums for sharing content suggestions and reporting development. Students also have a voice — they can click the little envelope at the bottom of their screen to provide feedback.
- Mastery-Based Focus: Demonstrating levels of mastery across units and/or state standards is a treat and sets an appropriate tone for conversations about each learner. On DreamBox, the focus is never on right and wrong, but on the percentage of learning understood. The program praises small wins, building learner confidence along the way to 100 percent mastery of a concept. I love the idea of celebrating a 50 percent achievement as, “Yay, the learner feels comfortable with about half of what he/she needs to be a confident mathematician in this area.”
- Flexible Multi-Level Learning: Because DreamBox focuses on mastery, a student can be working on both a third-grade and a sixth-grade skill within the same lesson. DreamBox differentiates instruction based on a learner’s demonstrated strengths and needs.
- The Power of Positive Reinforcement: The fact that students receive positive feedback when they are productively struggling is a real gift for many of my mathematicians who are trying to “figure out” numbers, patterns, and more. The gentle, “Oops, try again” nudge supported by visual and audio cues sends a strong message of encouragement. Also, DreamBox will sometimes simply end a lesson that is not productive. It’s an amazing way to show a learner that it’s okay to not have it all figured out. Plus, the student still receives credit for completing the lesson. The teacher can see the lesson wasn’t passed with “demonstration of understanding” and the learning engine adjusts the path accordingly.
- Engaging Visual Models:
- Multi-Layer Reporting: The teacher dashboard enables me to track the progress of an individual student or an entire classroom, across multiple grade levels. And, I like that DreamBox continues to improve dashboard efficiency and value based directly on current teacher needs. As a member of the early feedback team, I can say firsthand that the DreamBox product group is both receptive and responsive to my comments and observations.
DreamBox visuals help to “organize” the math thinking, especially at the earlier levels of each unit. Stepping stones (or scaffolds) are put in place as needed along the path and slowly taken away or added until the learner demonstrates comprehension and confidence.
Amy Crisp is a valued member of DreamBox Nation and just one of the 80,000 teachers across the U.S. and Canada who currently use DreamBox to provide students in their classrooms with a truly personalized learning experience.
If you’re a DreamBox user interested in joining the growing DreamBox Nation community, simply log in to your Insight Dashboard and select DreamBox Nation. It’s a great opportunity to connect with math-minded educators and earn points to use toward rewards such as industry event scholarships, fun swag, and classroom supplies. Any educator with a valid DreamBox Learning login can participate!