The first six weeks of school are important for the success of the rest of the school year. The routines and guidelines you establish in the first six weeks of school will set your classroom and students up for a year of productive math learning.
Learn 5 teaching strategies to help students build their math confidence and decrease anxiety. Practice doing these 5 things in the first six weeks of school. If these teaching strategies become a habit, you will establish a successful math classroom!
I always made time in the week to play math games with my students. Not only did it make math learning fun, little did they know they were also practicing their multiplication facts, and problem-solving skills!
There are many different kinds of math games, from traditional, commercial games you can purchase to more simple dice or card games you can make. Keep reading to learn about a number of wonderful games that can be used as part of your math instruction.
I loved playing games as a kid. Candy Land, Battleship, Scrabble, and Uno were among my favorites. If asked as a child, I wouldn’t have described these games as “educational.” They were fun, an escape from learning, the antithesis of the facts and figures and numbers you memorize in school. Yet, if we take a closer look at many children’s games, we’ll find that they’re actually quite complex learning environments that develop a variety of important problem solving, social, and emotional skills. These are the same skills we try to impart to our students every day!
Keep reading to find out how games promote learning!