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How DreamBox Learning® Math Works

DreamBox Math represents a revolution, a focus on numeracy and true math understanding which not only boosts math scores and reduces frustration, it also accelerates future math learning by building true understanding and math confidence.  Gemm Math features grade-appropriate curriculum and math facts software that relies on three powerful devices:

Learn Through Discovery

This is the secret sauce. The software does not instruct, but rather provides opportunities for a student to explore, interact with numbers, recognize math problems and figure out solutions.  This is “just in time” learning (figuring it out, then applying it right away) versus instruction which is “just in case” (learn the method, just in case you need it for a test later).

Learning through exploration creates true understanding, because it requires an understanding of the mathematical problem first. It takes longer, because there is a lot of trial and error, but once learned, it sticks — it builds “numeracy,” math dexterity.  This is in contrast to learning to solve a calculus equation without ever understanding the problem it solves.

Visual Presentation

Many Gemm Learning children have auditory processing or working memory delays that make following the teacher in class a challenge, especially for math where concepts take a while to explain.

Our programs, DreamBox and Reflex, are both entirely visual, there is no verbal instruction.

Adaptive Exercises

Across a class, children are at very different levels. For many, each day in class is a complete waste as the instruction is either beyond them or too easy.

Our software is adaptive, it works at the student’s level. It is always trying to push ahead, but adapts to every click, keeping students in their learning sweet spot. DreamBox also uses a range of visual and multi-faceted techniques to connect with the different learning styles of children.

DreamBox Philosophy

The core beliefs stated on the DreamBox website are powerful sentiments that excite us greatly for the future of learning and for our Gemm Math students.

Core beliefs (adapted from DreamBox website)

  1. Children persist in learning when they are engaged, challenged and having fun.
  2. Students are learners who can drive their own progress.
  3. Teachers (and parents) need support for differentiating instruction.
  4. Lifelong learning requires mastery of critical thinking and problem-solving skills.

Our future depends on helping the next generation learn how to learn.

More About DreamBox Math Software

DreamBox Learning® Math software provides a deeply personalized learning experience that guides and engages all levels of students. The combination of a rigorous K-8 math curriculum and a motivating learning environment with in-the-moment feedback that work seamlessly together with our intelligent adaptive technology is the DreamBox difference.

This unique combination showcases the power of learning by differentiating content, pace and sequence of each user. Students who use DreamBox develop the strategies, critical thinking skills, deep understanding, and reasoning abilities needed to achieve success. We’re passionate that every child should have access to a learning experience that motivates them persist, progress, and achieve success for a lifelong confidence in math and in life.

DreamBox Learning creates transformative learning experiences because it:

Adapts differently

DreamBox Learning Math is designed from the ground up to adapt within and in between lessons. Our Intelligent Adaptive Learning™ engine coupled with continuous formative assessment embedded into lessons enables the DreamBox to intelligently respond to the student in the moment of learning. As students move through their lessons, DreamBox provides scaffolding if they struggle and advances them to higher levels as they demonstrate proficiency.

Delivers deeper learning

Our curriculum helps students build core foundational skills and extend learning so they develop conceptual understanding and critical thinking, improve problem-solving abilities and make deeper connections.

Engages students every step of the way

Our game-like environment is motivating and engaging. In every DreamBox lesson, students actively engage with manipulatives that connect students to math in ways that paper and pencil never could by allowing them to explore, make connections, and make sense of math.

Who should use DreamBox Learning® Math?

Students in grades K-8 will benefit from DreamBox. Whether a student requires additional support or is ready for new challenges, DreamBox always provides the right lesson at the right time.

Proven Success

For over ten years, DreamBox Learning has been partnering with educators and families to ensure every child becomes a successful math learner.

Hear what students have to say about DreamBox Math software.