Happy Tuesday National Math Bee family! In this week’s edition, we are taking a look at the importance of playing math games. Games for learning purposes are created to make the subject you are learning or teaching exciting and relatable. When an experience is enjoyable and relevant to our lives, we can process and record the information at a deeper level and with more understanding. The information becomes part of us. The deepest learning occurs when we don’t even realize it. When we are simply just having fun. This also occurs when we discover that the subject in question is relatable to the mundane and not just to the stationary pages of a textbook.
When it comes to mathematics, games are especially beneficial since they provide an opportune moment to practice basic concepts in a way that does not feel like training. A well thought out math game will force the student to apply the same concept in a variety of ways. Through constant drills and angles of analysis, complete understanding and immersion of the subject occurs. The National Math Bee’s math game Batter Up is a fun, exciting and extremely effective tool to help elementary students achieve extraordinary levels of speed and accuracy with their math skills by constant drills and repetition. Through Batter Up, we can many of the benefits from playing math games.
The importance of playing math games
Greg Coleman, Mr. Elementary Math, a math professor enthusiastic about proving that math is fun, shares 8 Reasons to start using Math Games for Review Now.
Math games promote math-related conversations.
“The key is providing students with a structure that fosters productive discussions and academic vocabulary”. National Math Bee is an activity that brings kids together. Though competing individually, they are united by the same activity through discussions on their progress, difficulties, and consistency.
Math games create time for learner observation.
While playing, the educator has a suitable moment “to observe and assess in an informal setting. You can watch the actions (students) take and the decisions they make”. This is also a timely moment to identify and understand the weaknesses and strengths of individual students.
“Unlike drills, games allow opportunities for repeated practice in a non-threatening manner”.
“Doing the same thing over and over again can get boring, but games offer different outcomes”. Playing games provides a platform where students feel free and have fun. Learning is achieved without the added pressure that can happen inside the conventional classroom. in this same manner, Batter Up helps students achieve extraordinary levels of speed and accuracy with their math skills by helping kids memorize basic math facts in an exciting setting.
Math Games “encourage cooperative learning.”
“Depending on the type of game, students can work in groups or pairs. Working with peers helps improve interpersonal skills (communicating, being a team player, problem-solving, etc.) The time spent with face to face interactions provides the practice needed to develop these skills”. Even when not interactive, students can share and compare experiences, and grow cohesively.
Math Games “support different learning styles.”
We are all different and learn in different ways. Learning games should be structured in a way that can benefit a variety of learning styles. Games should also vary in style to reach as many learners as possible.
Math games can “help foster a positive attitude for math.”
Conventional views on math often leave learners bewildered and overwhelmed. Math phobia is a real thing, and will more so than not leave students avoiding the subject altogether. This negative view about their learning renders it difficult for students to want to continue to reach their grade level goals. Games help shift learning phobias and get kids excited about learning! The National Math Bee’s math game Batter Up is a fun, exciting and extremely effective learning tool. Batter Up combines eLearning technology with children’s natural desire to play. Kids get excited about the tournament and even more excited about scoring home runs while learning.
Math games help “develop strategic thinking.”
Our kids are using and developing strategy as they play. The more they play, the more they exercise and grow that strategic muscle. The more growth they have the better they will preform in the classroom setting and in the world beyond the classroom.
Math games can help “build home-school connections”.
Games, specifically a competition such as National Math Bee, help bring the classroom into the household. We have seen parent and child interaction rise as they follow their children’s advancement through the National Math Bee Championship. More importantly, math games help parents “get a real picture of what their kids are doing” in the classroom.
“Math games … are a proven way to get kids excited about math. Add them as a normal part of your instruction and start experiencing the benefits immediately. And if anyone says, “They are just playing”, share some of the benefits you learned about here.”Mr. Elementary Math
Finally, we hope you have enjoyed the first full day of Batter Up during this National Math Bee 2020 edition. We are so excited to see which schools will score top places in the 2020 National Math Bee School Phase. We are ecstatic to be your guide during this exciting learning opportunity. If you need help please do not hesitate to contact Buzz Bee. We love hearing from you!
For more ideas on making math fun and relatable, please check out our source for this post, Mr. Elementary Math.
If you enjoyed this blog post, please take a look at Have Fun While Playing Batter Up for tips to help prepare for the tournament.
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