Monday, April 27, 2015

Mastering Math Facts with Reflex Math!

Hey y'all!
It's Lacey from The Fabulous Life of an Elementary Teacher :) We're so excited that you've stopped by our fun new blog!

Today is our first post for Monday Math Days, and I will be talking about my favorite math fact fluency program ever! :)

I teach 3rd grade, and I don't know about you, but my students have a lot of difficulty with their math facts. Addition, subtraction, multiplication, name it, they have issues. I have tried so many things to try to help my students improve their math fact fluency, but I always find that my ideas fall short. Don't get me wrong - I've tried tons of {free} websites, teacher resource books, flash cards, games, etc. While my kids love those things, it just hasn't resulted in my kids truly knowing their facts.
Enter Reflex Math...I saw a post from a fellow friend (and teacher blogger) about this website, and I immediately went over to check it out. OH. MY. GOODNESS. According to their website, multiple studies have shown that students who can automatically recall math facts are more capable problem solvers, learn new math skills more quickly, and are more likely to succeed in their future mathematics courses. Isn't this so true? Once I visited the website, I felt like I hit the jackpot for math facts! I have seen so much success in my classroom since we began using the program in January.
Reflex Math is presented in a fact family format. It builds on the knowledge of the commutative property and the relationship between the operations.
The games in Reflex Math are different than most math fact games in that they require students to think quickly, which helps build automaticity.

One of my favorite things about Reflex Math is all of the data that is available to you as a teacher! Once you log into your account, you literally have SO much data at your fingertips! I'm going to share some screenshots below of the data reports that I use the most.

This report shows the overall class fluency. Since the end of January, my students' multiplication and division math fact fluency has increased by 39%! While we are still only at 55% mastery, that's AMAZING compared to where we were! I can't wait to see where we are at the end of the school year.
Each student has an individual growth report. I print these out and send them home for parents to see. It also shows when they hit "Milestones" - these are certificates that I print out for the students. I print 2 copies - 1 to send home and 1 to hang on our wall outside the classroom.
Each student also has a Family Pyramid report. This shows which facts they have mastered, which ones they are not yet fluent in, and ones that have not yet been assessed.
This is one of my students' multiplication mastery grids. I print these for each student once per month so they know exactly which facts they need to be studying. One of my favorite parts of the Reflex Math program is how individualized it is!

This is the Student Growth Report - it graphs a student's number of fluent facts vs. time.
When we first started using Reflex Math at the end of January, all of my students began in addition and subtraction. Once they hit 90% mastery, I moved them up to multiplication and division. Just last week, I moved all of my students over to multiplication and division because our standards tell us that students should demonstrate multiplication mastery by the end of 3rd grade. The program assesses students first, and begins the lessons and games based on how the students performed on the assessment.

I was fortunate enough to receive a 1 year grant from Reflex Math - they have a great grant program for teachers! You can click here to sign up for a free trial!

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Have a fabulous week!!