Winter holidays are coming! There are so many creative ways to incorporate the holidays into your classroom - holiday themed puzzles, games, problem solving, and collaboration are great ways to keep your students engaged and remind them about the fun in math. These types of hands-on activities are some of our favorite ways to make math a meaningful and enriching experience.
Dinosaurs! Look out! They’re blocking your path. There’s only one thing to do - pull back on your slingshot and aim carefully…
Does this sound like any math class you’ve been part of? Does this even sound like math?
You load the slingshot with a piece of fruit and look closely at the dinosaurs. You know each dinosaur only likes fruit with certain attributes. If you can feed them the fruit they like, maybe you can get past them.
All parents have to do is look at the poor performance on standardized tests in the early grades to see that mathematics difficulties are widespread in modern classrooms.
Spatial reasoning is one of three core cognitive skills people need for success in work and learning. Spatial reasoning is like the often-overlooked middle child sandwiched between two more outgoing siblings: verbal skills and numeracy. But a growing consensus among researchers suggests this attitude is both wrong-headed and counterproductive.
Puzzles, games, friendly competition, and collaboration… get your students to dive right in with these hands-on activities. It’s one of our favourite ways to engage and have fun with math!
Math is often a subject that is maligned by older grades (and adults!). In these early years, you have a great opportunity to help your students develop positive attitudes towards math. Activities like these are a great way for your students to experience math in a really fun way, where there is a low cost to failure and a really low barrier to entry.
There are so many great ways you can show your class how much fun math can be. Getting your students involved in hands-on activities with their classmates is one of our favorite ways!
Consider this: In 2013, gamers spent an average of 6.3 hours a week playing video games! In fact, in 2015, video games even out-earned movies by over $4 billion in revenue. Video games are rapidly becoming the new de facto entertainment medium.