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Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Professor B Math

Math was a great deal of a struggle for me in school. I had to take lots of remedial courses in order to get through it. It’s not my son’s strongest subject either. Through the years I have constantly worked on enhancing my math skills in order to teach it to him. Would you like help becoming an instant master Math teacher? If so keep reading as I share with you about this next review we tried out.

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Professor B Math is a math educational website designed to help you become an “instant master teacher”.  It exists to help you build a strong mathematical foundation in order to be able to successfully teach your students. This program is designed for teaching students in Pre-K– 8th grade. According to the information on the FAQ page even students as young as 3 years old can be taught using Professor B Math if they are ready for it. To learn more about the master mind behind Professor B Math click here.

For our review we received all 3 of their E-Learning lessons called “The Instant Master Teacher Program”. These lessons come in 3 different levels. You can cover 3 years of math with this because each level is supposed to take up to a year to complete. Level I is for pre-k - 2nd graders (and remediation of older learners). In this level they will be introduced to addition and subtraction. You can expect them to learn:

counting to 100,
lower/higher additional and subtraction,
place value fractional parts and order,
time,
and money

Level II is for 3rd – 5th grade (with remediation of older learners). Here they will learn:

multiplication and division facts,
problem solving,
be introduced to fractions,
fractional equivalence,
addition and subtraction fractions

Level III is for 6th – 8th grades (with remediation of older learners). Here they cover:

multiplication and division of fractions,
Decimals,
and Percents.

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The “Instant Master Teacher Program” is an E-Learning program that is set up like a Power Point presentation. After our account was set up we were given a login and password to get a license to use the program. From there we were instructed to scroll down the page to click on the box that says “E-Learning”. This takes you to a page where you log in, and then to a page where we could choose from the different levels to start our student (s) on (you may have only 1 to choose from if that’s what you paid for). Once you click on the level this is what pulls up:

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After that the next thing that pulls up on the screen will look like this:

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From here you will go to a menu that will show you how to maneuver your way around. This is what that looks like:

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The Instant Master Teacher is not designed as a “drill and practice program” nor is it meant for you to leave your student at the computer to do the lessons by him or herself. This is because you wouldn’t know whether or not they got the answers right if you are not present. Why is that? Well for one, the program has no sound or a way to track progress. So no, this is not like an online computer math game with sounds and flashy stuff beaming all across the screen. You will notice a little B (the professor) only uses a bubble to talk. This is the information that is meant to be read by you the teacher to the student. He (the bee) is there to help you in becoming a “Master Teacher”. They want YOU the parent to teach and interact with the student (s) during the math lessons. Included with the Instant Master Teacher program is a workbook with answer keys.

The price for Professor B is broken down into individual levels starting at $20.00 a month or you can pay for a yearly subscription of $100.00 for 3 years access to each level. For each additional level there is a discount. See the breakdown of the prices at the bottom of this page. While you are there you can download placement tests (see bottom right) to check and see which level your student should begin with.

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This is what the screen looks like once you click on the table of contents shown in the bottom right of the previous screen shot I showed before. I had my son start on level 1 just because I wanted to see how much he really understood and retained from previous years of math. There were some things he needed a review on, and got clear understanding of how to really work out the problems. Next we moved on to level 2 as you see in the picture above. We’re still at this level because there are things here he’s needing more practice on like working out problem solving questions and fractions. He can do some of the work in level 3 but I wanted him to master what’s in level 2 first. He really likes Professor B Math and has not complained about it one bit. He’s even asked to do a lesson each day. Maybe it’s the fact he didn’t have to write anything down on paper everyday, or that he likes being at the computer seeing the animation on the screen. I didn’t care as long as he was paying attention and willing to learn.

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Throughout the program there are times you will be prompted to have your student do such and such worksheet. If you look at the box in the lower right of the screen shot above you will see that it tells what worksheets goes with this level. One thing you must know is that this doesn’t keep track of where you left off after each lesson. You will have to come up with a way to do that yourself. After a few times of asking my son “what was the last thing we did?” I knew I needed to make note of that myself once he finished his math for that day. After your student (s) has mastered the level there are printable certificates you can reward them with at the end. Professor B Math has a fan page on Facebook if you would like to follow them and get updates. Other members of the Schoolhouse Crew review different levels of Professor B Math. Click here to read what they had to say.

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Disclaimer: The views and opinions in this review are entirely my own. As a member of the Schoolhouse Review Crew I was not paid to write this but received a 1 year subscription for Professor B Math at no cost to me for review purposes, and to give my honest opinion.

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