Sometimes we forget that our students may not learn the way that we do or fully understand what it is we’ve actually taught them until they’ve had some time do digest their learning and put that new concept or information into their own context or view of the world.
Mathematics is one of those subjects I find that students either ‘get’ or they don’t- there’s no middle ground. That’s OK, some of my best and most creative building design students have struggled with basic maths. While we can assist our students through additional tuition or literacy & numeracy support etc. this may not be the total answer to them ‘getting it’.
Some students are visual learners and having pages and pages of examples in a book just won’t do it for them, they need something more in keeping with their learning style, something that
- is represented visually and verbally
- teaches them in ‘chunks’ and connects their prior knowledge
- uses diagrams to display large amounts of information in ways that are easily understood and helps reveal relationships and patterns
One resource that does this (and more!) is The Khan Academy. Quoting from their ‘About us’ page, “all of the site’s resources are available to anyone. It doesn’t matter if you are a student, teacher, home-schooler, principal, adult returning to the classroom after 20 years, or a friendly alien just trying to get a leg up in earthly biology. The Khan Academy’s materials and resources are available to you completely free of charge.”
The online resources are categorised into
- Humanities & Other
- Test Preparation (Overseas categories though)
Take a look below at an example relating to Trigonometry I selected. VIEWER WARNING: If ‘SOH CAH TOA’ still brings back bad memories turn away from the screen now!
Looking through the lens of blended learning this ticks all the boxes- students can access the examples anywhere/anytime, they can view them as many times as they need and refer to them at any stage in the future, a teacher may augment their classroom face to face mode with these resources and best of all they’re free.
I’d be interested in your thoughts of this fantastic resource, please feel free to leave a comment below.