The Check Feature and the Power of Positive Psychology

By Jon 0 Comments August 4, 2011

For those who’ve played our games, you’ll see that before a student submits his answer, he can check to see if it is correct or not. What, exactly, is the point of providing this feature? At its simplest, the check feature allows the student to chec… Read the Rest

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Using Technology in the classroom

By Jennifer 0 Comments June 7, 2011

In today’s classrooms, technology is becoming more accessible to students. Many classrooms come equipped with a SmartBoard, LCD projector, document camera, laptops, Wi-Fi connection, and more!Chalkboards, overhead projectors, and even whiteboards are … Read the Rest

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Will this bed fit inside your room? An Area Math Lesson

By Jennifer 0 Comments May 24, 2011

Just like many teachers I struggled with making my math lessons meaningful and engaging. Teaching area and perimeter was boring year after year. Students simply plugged in numbers into a formula to find the area or perimeter of different sized squares a… Read the Rest

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End of Year Plan

By Alex 0 Comments May 17, 2011

Here are several ideas for ending the school year on a strong, positive note and setting your students up for success over the summer.

Begin using Sokikom set up a free account and get students enrolled. They will be able to continue over the summer… Read the Rest

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Sharing my math scars has improved my teaching

By Alex 0 Comments May 5, 2011

Since I started teaching elementary college math at a college in the evening, I’ve learned a few ways to improve my performance as a sixth grade teacher. The biggest is sharing my own frustrations with math. Sharing math scars has helped my students b… Read the Rest

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Strategies for Teaching Multiplication Facts

By Jennifer 0 Comments April 28, 2011

In the classroom today, students struggle to learn their multiplication facts. It has been a highly debated topic about whether or not students need to know their multiplication facts and if they truly have ever used them outside the classroom. Whatever… Read the Rest

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Egg Drops improve problem solving skills

By Alex 0 Comments April 26, 2011

Every year, dozens of eggs survive the two-story drop from our school balcony because of students’ succsessful problem solving. This year was no egg-ception! Overall, our 4th - 8th graders were 79% successful - only 12 projects failed.

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Puzzles in the classroom

By Jennifer 0 Comments April 21, 2011

Who said puzzles were just for early childhood students? This school year I tried something new to keep my students engaged…puzzles.

Sudoku puzzles were quite popular in Room 501. My students collaboratively worked together to solve the Daily S… Read the Rest

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Social Learning, part two: The role of the teacher/parent

By Jon 0 Comments March 29, 2011

In the previous post on Social Learning, I

expanded upon Sokikom’s focus on kids helping other kids learn. The next fo

cus is how the teacher should fit into the social learning paradigm.
The theory of social learning
emphasized the influe… Read the Rest

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Solve Another Way? Ask Another Way?

By Jon 0 Comments March 25, 2011

For those who’ve played Frachine (a fraction learning game within Sokikom), many of you have seen problems that ask you to solve problems ‘in another way’, that is, to create the same answer but using a different set of fractions. Why do we ask th… Read the Rest

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