(C) Change session length (5, 10, 15 min)
Change Session Length–You can do it, but should you?
Slamming through these facts at the rate of 3 seconds apiece (or less as they go faster) is very INTENSE. Students will do this game for a couple of hours at a time if you let them. But, here’s the problem. They will only do it for a couple of days, and then they will just wear out. They just won’t want to do it anymore. We don’t want them to lose their enthusiasm, so…….
After five minutes of play, up comes this “Session Completed” screen. It comes with this narration (click to listen to it):
Mission Control here. Great work, astronaut!
You have finished your session. You are done for now.
You have worked hard and we think you deserve a break to go do something else. You can’t do another Rocket Math session for at least an hour.
Check with your teacher or parent to find out if you are eligible to have longer sessions.
Logging you and Mission Control out.
We’d like to see students leave for an hour or so. If students come back too soon they will see this “battery down” timer which will show them how much time they have left before they can login and play again.
A few minutes each time, not hours on end!
We want students to do a little practice a couple of times a day, but spaced out over a month or more to complete the learning track. The longer it takes for them to get through a Learning Track, (the longer this is spaced out) the longer they will retain the information. A little bit each day is better than playing for long periods of time until they are sick of it.
Why should you want your students to complain about the end of the session?
Yes, they may complain that they have to stop, but that ensures that they will want to come back again later. You want them to end their sessions wanting to play more. That’s how you can get them to play and practice, time after time, day after day until they reach Level Z. That’s how we win and that’s how they win!
You can now increase play time to ten or 15 minutes, but should you? Only if they still LOVE it!
After years of game play lasting only five minutes at a time (under pressure from customers) Dr. Don allowed a change. We added a feature to allow you, the parent or teacher, to adjust student play time UP to ten or even 15 minutes. The option is found under on both the orange bulk Actions button and the blue individual Action button.
But with this freedom comes a great responsibility. You have to make sure they are still enjoying playing! If you increase the time, you have to make sure they are not getting tired of playing! The minute you hear a student moan or groan or complain, please move them back to 5 minutes! Seriously!! The first time anyone complains, move them back to 5 minutes. And anyone else who does it, move them too. They can learn just fine only working five minutes at a stretch!
Remember, you want them to practice at home also, which they won’t do if they are getting sick of it. You want them to practice the whole time they are assigned to do it–and they won’t do that if they aren’t motivated to keep going. So you better be sure if you move them up to ten or fifteen minutes.
First, select the students to whom the orange ‘Bulk Actions’ button will apply
When you want to change something for a group of students, you will use to the orange button on the right side above the names that say “Bulk Actions.” You will first have to select the students to whom the bulk action should apply. We’ll explain the functions below.
To select the students put a check mark in the little box at the left hand side of their row. If that will be tedious, you can check the Select All box, a check mark will go onto all the students showing on your screen. But be sure they are all showing before you choose this.
How many at a time do you want to see or export? Above the word Select you can choose how many of your students you want to show at a time on your screen. The Show entries options are: 10, 25, 50, 100 or All.
Or use the search bar to select who you want to see in your display. You can use the search bar to limit who shows up–for example entering a teacher’s name will display only her students. Then you can use “Select All” to put a check mark only in front of that teacher’s students.
Remember: on the Bulk Actions button somebody has to be selected (have checkmarks in front of their name) or nothing happens!
You will see all three options for session length: 5 minutes, 10 minutes, and most dangerous of all, 15 minutes. Choose with care. All the selected students will be changed to that length session. Change them back the same way if any of them begin to complain!