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Monday, July 16, 2012

Professor B Math

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Professor B Math is a website that teachers students math from using a power point presentation. This program is not drills & games it is an actual math curriculum that the teacher uses with the student.

Professor B Math is divided into 3 Levels and each level teaches 3 years of Math.
LEVEL I Pre-k though 2nd graders and remediation of older learners. Introduction to Addition/Subtraction Facts - Counting to One Hundred - Lower Addition and Subtraction - Higher Addition and Subtraction - Place Value Fractional Parts & Order - Time - Money
LEVEL II 3rd grade through 5th grade and remediation of older learners. Multiplication/Division Facts and Problem Solving - Introduction to Fractions - Fractional Equivalence - Addition and Subtraction Fractions
LEVEL III 6th through 8th grades and remediation of older learners. Multiplication/Division of Fractions - Decimals - Percents



Professor B is a bee that teaches math. The program is presented in a Power Point with the bee showing all the steps. He doesn't actually talk & this is to prevent the child from using the program alone. It is designed for the parent/teacher to sit with the child and read what the bee says to the student. You can work through the Levels in order or if you click on a topic in the table of contents it will take you directly to that lesson.
This is a frame from Level 3, each line of information is added one at a time with the newest information appearing in red. Professor B is at the bottom telling you what is going on. When you get to the last frame of this lesson he will ask if you if this information makes sense to you. The navigation bar is at the bottom, this allows you to advance to the next frame or go back to repeat a previous one.
You can also have all the frames show up under the lesson box. This really helps when you need to review just a portion of the lesson.

All three Levels come with a workbook as an e-book. After going through the power point you can have your student complete the worksheets to make sure they understood what they learned.

Professor B is authored by Everard Barrett, he has worked with elementary math education since 1973. He has also taught junior and senior high math and was an Associate Professor for State University of New York. The Professor B methodology has lifted math levels in low socio-economic communities to the highest levels of achievement.

The data from Professor B proves that they can raise the math scores in any school system in two to three years without focusing on the tests themselves.

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I used Level 3 of this program with Amber (age 11). Amber is my history buff and math is her least favorite subject. She wasn't overly thrilled to be working on math during the summer but she did. She thought the topics were taught in a way that she could understand and she liked being able to control how fast or slow she went through the lesson.

I have really liked what we have used of this program. Its great having access to more than one grade level at a time. This allowed us to work at Amber's level & to go back and review things she was struggling with. The only thing we did not like about this program is that when you log in the next day it does not automatically take you to where you left off. It's not that hard to open the table of contents and click on the lesson that we are ready for & Amber could actually find it and get there faster than I did. Professor B is working on a solution to this problem.

Professor B can be purchased for $100 for 3 years access to each level. When I posted my review this was not changed on their website but they will honor the price if you call 678-765-6655. You may also ask for a free 30 day trial by calling the same number.

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Disclaimer: As a member of the Schoolhouse Review Crew I received access to Professor B for one year, to use in our school, in exchange for my honest review.  

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