In today’s technological and rapidly changing world, children need to be able to assimilate data and demonstrate critical thinking skills versus repeating a list of facts from memorization. Kids need to be critical thinkers who can make sense of information, analyze, compare, contrast, make inferences, and demonstrate higher order thinking skills.
Looking to make climate change and proxy data hands on and accessible to students? Then this is the lesson for you!
In this mini-lesson, students will use simulated ice cores to make hands-on measurements and observations to help them construct an understanding of how scientists use proxy data as evidence of climate change.
I used to think that students were able to remain focused for a whole group math lesson that lasted 25-30 minutes long. I noticed some bored-looking facial expressions and students who were unable to respond or demonstrate understanding and after looking at the data from my students over several years, I saw a decline in their ability to understand concepts in math. I knew I needed to change my instructional approach.
The school year can be difficult for some children, especially if they prefer to play. The years which require a child to study and/or do homework can be hard. When a child falls behind, oftentimes a tutor is required.What happens in those tutoring sessions? In years past, some tutors would often sit and do book work. One-on-one attention is an excellent learning environment, but some children have difficulty sitting. They prefer to play.
With the advancement in technology, the ability to code is becoming increasingly important. There are so many benefits of coding for students that go beyond the use of a computer. Coding has become another form of literacy, like a new language but for computers. Living in the 21st-century, children are growing up in a digital era and coding is a skill that can be used every day.
ThinkFun has come a long way since its inception over 30 years ago and its games have also evolved over the years. Math Dice, for example, is one of our most popular mental math games! The concept came from a child and has grown into a nationwide activity enjoyed by teachers and students across the country. Here's a look into the evolution of one of our most beloved games.