Kyle Kline has taught high school mathematics for twelve years and is entering his fifth year of teaching with WebAssign. He currently teaches algebra II and pre-calculus at Twin Lakes High School in Monticello, IN.
Kline holds the fundamental belief that all students can achieve a certain level of mastery in mathematics. “Not every student is capable of making straight A’s, but they are all capable of putting forth their best effort,” Kline says. He applauds the efforts of his students if they work hard and put in the effort to learn the material. Kline believes that the effort in itself is a success no matter the letter grade.
In his pre-calculus class, he has created a blended learning environment to increase student engagement. Kline uses WebAssign to post notes, videos, helpful links, and homework assignments. He also has his students do a mixture of assignments utilizing both WebAssign and the textbook. Typically they will view the notes and videos for homework, while much of the in-class time is spent working on practice problems and extension activities.
As part of each semester’s coursework, students are also asked to submit a video on a math topic. This assignment is a group effort, and students break into small teams to collaborate. Projects have included game shows, music videos and parodies of their assignments. Students aren’t the only ones creating video content. Kline also has an extensive YouTube library, including a few parodies of his own.
Technology plays a key role in Kline’s classroom, in which every student has his or her own laptop. This provides more opportunity for interaction, and he has found that his students are more active learners. He utilizes WebAssign for homework and online quizzes as well as the announcement feature. Kline finds announcements to be a great place for him to share important information and materials with his students. Each year, Kline implements more and more of the tools of the online learning system into his classroom.
One of Kline’s favorite features is Ask Your Teacher, which helps facilitate teacher-student interactions. He finds himself using Ask Your Teacher almost nightly and feels it has given students a voice in his class. This is especially important for students who do not feel comfortable asking questions in class.
His suggestions for other teachers and instructors using WebAssign are to read the monthly WebAssign newsletter and to attend WAUG and network with other WebAssign users. “It is a great place to meet new people and learn more about WebAssign and its features,” he says.
The WebAssign Users Group Meeting (WAUG) will be held on June 25th and 26th this year and features a great speaker lineup and interactive question coding workshops. Register today to reserve your spot!