Middle school can be tough. It's often one of the most challenging times for students, both emotionally and physically. And it doesn't help if you find yourself really struggling in math on top of everything else. That's one reason why we've created a math learning lab class at our school.
We're helping students figure how to enjoy studying math even when they haven't had much success with it in the past.
Our students are working on developing growth mindsets and are learning about "the power of yet". They are learning to celebrate as they grow and build on new skills.
Learning math is particularly difficult for this group, as they have had so many set-backs in the past. But we're going to change that by showing them how we use math in everyday life. And one thing that all students LOVE to do, is to play games.
Most people struggle at something, and this year I have a group of students who really struggle at understanding math. When we talked about the different subjects that they would be studying this year, not a single student had anything positive to say about math. Yet these same students use math everyday, even when they don't realize it! I was trying to figure out ways to engage my students when I realized that I learned a lot of math just playing board games with my family.
Game time not only helps students understand math better, but it also gives them a chance to see that learning math can be fun.
Through these games I hope to help our students become more mathematically fluent while showing them that learning math isn't always something to avoid.
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