Below are some of the most common challenges that teachers encounter when using Khan Academy with their students. Feel free to go through them and consider how you would handle each situation, or use this list to spark discussions with other teachers.
Of course, every student is different, and strategies that succeed with some may not work with others. We encourage you to adjust these strategies to suit your specific needs and to add your own ideas to the list!
Filling in content gaps
Recommend that students who are struggling with specific topics (i.e. negative numbers and fractions) work on related skills on Khan Academy.
Use one-on-one and small-group sessions to help struggling students master negative numbers and fractions.
Use peer tutoring to enable students to help each other.
Classroom management obstacles
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Use the Activity report to track how students are using their Khan Academy time, and use class incentives (grades, points, rewards, etc.) to motivate students to use this time responsibly.
Cultivating a specific classroom culture
Talk to your class about self-pacing. Bring in examples from outside school (e.g., sports, music, etc.) to make it clear that everyone learns at different paces, and that's just fine.
Celebrate each student's individual success by praising students who work hard.
Close class on some days by having students share something they learned, and praise students for their effort.
When a student already dislikes math
Teach him (as well as your other students) about the growth mindset. Find our lesson plan here.
Look up his progress in your coach reports and praise his hard work, including any badges he has earned that might highlight his perseverance and success.
Have him set his own goals on Khan Academy. Allow him to select any skills (perhaps even outside math) that he'd like to tackle, and praise him for showing initiative.
Ask him to work with a motivated student on a project or Khan Academy.
Identify whether he has gaps in his math background and enable him to fill those gaps (even if they are below grade level) so that he can become successful.
When a student is speeding through the current objective/lesson
Encourage her to move on to more advanced content on Khan Academy. Track her progress and praise her motivation.
To reinforce her knowledge, ask her to help her peers with topics they're struggling with. Just make sure she still has time to learn new concepts!
Challenge her with interesting projects and interdisciplinary learning opportunities, such as Khan Academy's computer programming tutorials.