Dreambox and Reflex are two math tools in use in APS. This page will help you learn more about what they are and are not used for.
What’s the worst thing you can do to help your child?
“Telling too Soon” by Daniel Schwartz
A brief video about helping students in a way that builds mathematical reasoning and develops productive struggle.
Dan Meyer “Math Reasoning”
Dreambox vs. Reflex
|What is it?||DreamBox Learning is a digital based mathematics program for grades K-8 students. For students, DreamBox Learning:
||Reflex is an adaptive and individualized program that helps students develop fluency once they understand the concepts behind the operations. Reflex operates on the following structure:
Lastly, Reflex, due to its time component, may not be a good fit for all of our Explorers. In this case, the teacher will develop an alternative plan for a student’s fluency work.
|Audience & Rationale||At Discovery, K-5 students will engage in DreamBox throughout the year. Teachers can target lessons based on VA State Standards of Learning.||Per APS, the Reflex program is available to all students in Grades 2-5.
Reflex is also available to students in Grade 1 in Spring (Quarter 4) only after formal instruction and when students are prepared to solidify their understanding of addition and subtraction facts.
||The goal of Reflex is to aid students in developing their fluency once they understand the concepts behind the operations.Please note: When students have demonstrated mastery of the operation (add and subtract, multiply and divide), Reflex program is no longer needed and its use will be discontinued.|
|Parent Support||DreamBox lessons are personalized to your child based on their strategies and understandings. Tips to support your child at home during DreamBox lessons:
||Encourage students to work to the green light (see below) in one sitting. Students should engage in REFLEX (i.e. achieve a green light) 4 times/week.Green light indicator:|
|Student Expectations||Students will engage in DreamBox on asynchronous Mondays and during portions of independent work in Math Workshop at the teacher’s discretion. The expectations for students are the following: