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Math games in classroom !!How helpful do you think Math games in teaching math? and how...

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hala718 | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted May 16, 2010 at 7:59 AM via web

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How helpful do you think Math games in teaching math? and how much time do we need to invest creating, explaining, and playing math games in the classroom? I notice in my son's class most of what they do is play math games which I think it is great, but does that mean we should make it an essensial everyday method or just an activity for every one in a while to assure students understanding in such topic. Also is it appropriate for all ages? I need opinions please.

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clairewait | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted May 16, 2010 at 3:02 PM (Answer #2)

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One of the best things I've ever done in my classroom is something I stole from a math teacher: Lateral Thinking Puzzles (or riddles).  Used in middle school and high school classes, these have been the key to unlocking students ability (and desire) to think.

That said, games can be awesome if utilized well.  Certainly there is a time and place for them - but I found that even in my ENGLISH classes, some of the dullest students who didn't care to do much of anything, could get into answering lateral thinking puzzles.  The benefits were endless.

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accessteacher | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted May 16, 2010 at 3:19 PM (Answer #3)

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Games games and more games! I can't stress how teaching using games and deluding children into thinking that all they are doing is "playing a game" is vital for any teacher! I guess the key point to ensure is that if games are being used the relevance or how they are applied is stressed as well - if it is just a game for game's sake there is little point. Students should always leave the classroom knowing how what they have done applies to the topic in hand.

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besure77 | Middle School Teacher | (Level 1) Senior Educator

Posted May 16, 2010 at 6:19 PM (Answer #4)

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I have my students play math games at least once a week. They love playing math games which is great because they are having fun and reinforcing math skills. Sometimes I have them play math jeopardy which is a lot of fun. They also play fraction pizza (which makes them hungry too)!

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hala718 | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted May 18, 2010 at 4:29 PM (Answer #5)

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Thanks for your opinions. I was a little concerned about this issue in my son's class. They have been playing math games all the time and I wondered if they could realy relate the games to real math concepts. I know that he enjoys these games but I need to make sure that he is aware of the main sunject behind the game. So how we do that? should I give him a math quiz and see if he will do as well as he does in the game?

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lrwilliams | College Teacher | (Level 3) Associate Educator

Posted May 19, 2010 at 3:01 PM (Answer #6)

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It seems like with this generation of students learning has to be disguised as something else in order for them to really become engaged. I have even seen one teacher who was able to write a program for a handheld electronic game.

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epollock | Valedictorian

Posted May 19, 2010 at 9:42 PM (Answer #7)

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I think they are limited end-result operations as opposed to medial-result operations. You only play games with knowledge, but you don't learn knowledge from it. You don't learn from Jeopardy, but give information that you already know.

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swimma-logan | Student, College Freshman | Valedictorian

Posted May 26, 2010 at 3:58 AM (Answer #8)

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My teacher plays games with us once a week usually, and it's awesome. There isn't a lot to them really, it could be something simple like Bingo, but change the name to SLOPE or LIMIT, or they have fun stuff online, like a function ball (a big beach ball with roughly a hundred questions randomly splattered on it) I actually look forward to going to calculus every other day, because it's so much fun, and learning is easy.

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mkcapen1 | Middle School Teacher | Valedictorian

Posted May 29, 2010 at 5:24 AM (Answer #9)

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Math games in classroom !!

How helpful do you think Math games in teaching math? and how much time do we need to invest creating, explaining, and playing math games in the classroom? I notice in my son's class most of what they do is play math games which I think it is great, but does that mean we should make it an essensial everyday method or just an activity for every one in a while to assure students understanding in such topic. Also is it appropriate for all ages? I need opinions please.

  I have been using math games in the classroom since I started teaching and I think they are wonderful.  Last year I had changed to a new school.  I have what is called game day Friday.  One of the other teachers asked me, "Don't you waste valuable teaching time? " I just laughed and then explained to her how games teach many different necessary skills.  They also icrease the mind's logic sequencing ability and response time.  She then asked me to share some ideas with her. 

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amy-lepore | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted June 7, 2010 at 9:41 AM (Answer #10)

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In reply to post #2:  Please let me know what you mean by lateral-thinking puzzles and how you use them.  I am always looking for new and fun ways to boost interest and learning in my class.  I try to play a game at least twice weekly, and usually reserve Fridays for root word bingo and other types of games.  I would love to learn more about the puzzles you are speaking of...thanks!

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swimma-logan | Student, College Freshman | Valedictorian

Posted June 8, 2010 at 4:13 AM (Answer #11)

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Jeopardy offers a classroom version, including buzzers and all. I don't know about you guys, but I'm a Jeopardy fanatic. Were some of my teachers to integrate that into their classes I would just squirm with joy.

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dastice | Elementary School Teacher | (Level 1) Assistant Educator

Posted June 13, 2010 at 9:24 AM (Answer #12)

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I agree that math games have value as a way to reinforce learning and to engage students.  In my second grade class this last year, I used Scott Foresman's Investigations program, which is very hands-on and uses a lot of games.  The kids looked forward to math time and definitely enjoyed the games.  However, I noticed several drawbacks to the program.  The major one (and other teachers in my school using this program agreed) was that the students had difficulty transferring their knowledge to the standardized test format.  Also, I would often notice that if students were not entirely clear on a skill or the rules of the game, they would create their own, often depriving the game of its educational purpose.  Another issue was the amount of teacher (or student) prep time many of these games involved.  Often times they seemed like more trouble than they were worth.

I think math games have a place in the classroom, but not at the expense of direct instruction and, practically speaking, test preparation.

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mrsdavies | Middle School Teacher | eNotes Newbie

Posted July 10, 2010 at 8:01 AM (Answer #13)

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Maybe one reason that I believe in using math games in a middle school classroom, is that I vividly remember playing such games many years ago when I was in first year Algebra. Back then, it may not have been too cool to be a female who was smart with math, but when this female helped the "team" by getting the answer right, she was a valued member of the team.

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jimmy6 | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

Posted January 11, 2011 at 11:18 AM (Answer #14)

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well you can let your kids onto the pc and use [url=http://zmathgames.com]math games[/url] and they will enjoy playing them.  my kids would rather be playing math games rather than going out ot recess!

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