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Factors of Learning – a new tool for personalization

We’re excited to announce a new tool in the Motion Math teacher dashboard – Factors of Learning. This new report offers innovative data to help you build a student’s learning mindset – a whole new way to personalize learning. Best of all, as complex as that sounds, it’s easy to understand and act on.

Motion Math is dedicated to helping students master elementary math concepts. But just as important we want them to love the struggle that leads to a-ha moments of learning. We want more students, as teacher 3rd grade teacher Chrissie Cattallini shared, “showing up early and staying late into recess” to learn more. That’s why our company mission is to help kids find delight in intellectual challenge.

To truly embrace intellectual challenge, students need a growth mindset. First discovered by Carol Dweck, growth mindset is the belief that one’s abilities aren’t fixed, but can be improved with effort. Many teachers believe in the transformative power of growth mindset, but find the theory difficult to implement and difficult to measure.

That’s where Factors of Learning comes in, with insights into student learning based on the choices that students make in our games – how they choose difficulty, choose content, quit, and persist. Most student data shows what a student knows; Factors of Learning shows you how a student chooses to learn. We’re starting with four factors that research shows have a major impact on student’s long-term success: Growth Mindset, Confidence, Productive Strategy, and Self-Regulation.

On the Factors of Learning tab in your dashboard you can see an overview of all four factors for your class and sort by any factor:
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You can click any of the four factors for a description, how we measure it, plus simple, actionable, research-based interventions you can use today to help the students who most need, for example, a boost in confidence. Factors of Learning data also automatically personalizes your students’ experience in our games, such as this message, which encourages students after they’ve lost on a challenging level:
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We’ll soon share some promising results about these interventions in a white paper co-authored with our advisor, Stanford Professor Jo Boaler.

Please check out version 1.0 of Factors of Learning and let us know: did you learn something new about your students? Were our suggestions helpful? We want Motion Math to be your growth mindset math solution, and to help every student make friends with intellectual challenge.

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