Recently I was told I could not use the platform anymore.
Many schools around the world and even some teachers in my own system use the platform, but I cannot use it since I have been told I do not have permission.
I have tried to convince the leadership that this is a worthy tool. I've shared the following reasons:
- The tool teaches math in multiple ways using interactive models, words, and numbers
- The tool is standards-based
- The tool is continually being improved to meet current research
- The tool teaches students how to learn online
- The tool can be used at home, at school, and anywhere a student wants to learn
- The tool extends from early learning up to SAT prep and beyond
- The tool includes multiple disciplines
- The tool offers super data reports which can help educators personalize learning for students
- The tool is free
The tool isn't perfect, but it's very good and a perfect addition to any math program.
Recently I asked a child who did very well on a test what she did to do so well and she told me that she uses this tool daily at home. Her family supports this.
I worry about students who would similarly profit from this tool, but don't have families who support this kind of modern-age, positive learning approach.
I've asked for this tool many times. I've noted that other nearby systems utilize the tool. I've shared the rationale, but still I am told I cannot use the tool. What's a teacher to do? I know it's bothersome to advocate again and again, but if I don't advocate my students will lose out on this learning tool--a tool that many other students throughout the state, country, and world use. They won't have this advantage. I want my students to have this advantage.
So today, though I know leaders are tired of my advocacy, I asked again to use this tool. The girl's comment prompted me to write again. I hope I receive a positive response. We'll see.