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Tuesday, September 8, 2015

FUN Math Homework

Have you ever wondered if your math homework could be a bit more exciting and beneficial to your students?   I did a few years ago.  I wanted my parents to be aware of the concepts that we were discussing in class and I wanted them to see how much of the concept their child understood.  Is a worksheet enough?

I love hearing my students talk among each other during math stations or group activities.  I love to hear their math talk... I decided then at THAT is what I wanted the parents to hear and see and THAT is what my math homework was going to become.

Who says you can't learn something while playing a game?
Think back to a time when you had to explain the rules of a game.
You had to 'get' it... right?

Think of the last time a parent might have used 'math talk' with their student...
WITHOUT frustration, tears and gruesome explanations.

How fun would it be to have your parents or siblings sit with your student around a table at home giggling, laughing and learning all while completing their homework.

It is possible... I have seen it with my own eyes.
Kids and parents can and will enjoy math homework.
They will be eager to complete the task and more importantly enjoy the experience... and possibly practice A LOT more than required because they get it and like it!

Soon, I'll explain how I manage the weekly math homework so that at SEP Conferences, parents understand the importance of completing and returning them each week... AND... how simple the management can be to collect each weeks for the entire year.
So over the summer your students can continue to refresh and maintain their math skills by playing the games all summer long.  It's a fun gift to give them at the end of the year without a big cost or effort.
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