Formative Loop is a daily math practice program for students. It covers all of the basic skills related to the state standards that students need for success at each grade level. For example, at fourth grade the students will start with a review of addition and subtraction, then move onto multiplication and division. Once those skills are mastered the program moves onto place value, rounding, fractions, decimals, multiples, factors, angles, area, perimeter, and more. The program combines paper-pencil practice for the students with an online grading and management system for teachers.
How it works: The program automatically generates a skill sheet for each student based on their grade level. Then, the students complete the paper-pencil skill sheet. This can be done daily, weekly, or at any pace preferred by the teacher. Once that is completed the teacher goes online where the answer key for each student automatically comes up, and each sheet can be easily and quickly graded. The teacher then clicks whether the student passed, needs to retry, or is absent. After grading, in one click, the system creates the next set of exercises based on how the students performed, homework for those that need to practice, and any reward certificates earned.
There are many key features of the program. Skills can be skipped or completed in the order preferred by the teacher. Students work at their own pace, so everyone is working at the level where they need to practice. Students can also be placed in a lower or higher grade level than their class if they need more differentiation. Students get to work with pencil and paper, while the teacher gets to grade and manage the program online with easy access. The program is much easier to manage than traditional daily/weekly math practice. If students show mastery of a set of skills on the first practice page, they can skip ahead to the next set of skills. For example, if the student passes the mixed multiplication page on the first try, they can skip ahead to division. If they don’t pass the mixed multiplication page on the first try, they will go to the multiply by 1s, then 2s, etc. Then they will get another chance to pass the mixed multiplication page before moving onto division.