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Affective Learning Companions

 

Characters in MathSpring and MathBuds are Affective Learning Companions. They are pedagogical agents that introduce themselves as “we are solving these problems together, I bet you and I are going to learn a lot today”.

Jane, Isabel, Jake and Luis are affective and metacognitive experts, but cognitive peers. Sometimes they have an idea on how to solve a problem, but in general they help students reflect about mistakes, set new goals, encourage help seeking, and in general  promote self-regulation and a malleable view of intelligence.  “I think that we can all be successful in math if we give it a try”, they say.

 

See the characters live and what they currently say at MathSpring.org


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