April Mathletics Master Class
We are pleased to announce that our April Mathletics Master Class is Mr. Gabrys’ class at College Heights Christian School in Lacombe, AB. We were blown away by Mr. Gabrys’ dedication to motivate his class in Math using Mathletics and how he truly inspires excitement and the love of learning with his students.
School: College Heights Christian School, Lacombe, Alberta
Teacher: Mr Gabrys, Vice Principal and Grade 5/6 teacher
Read on to learn about how Mr. Gabrys has integrated Mathletics into his class and school.
Mathletics has allowed Mr. Gabrys to engage his students while allowing him to spend extra time with those who need the extra help.
“I have been able to continue using all of the other great mathematical strategies that I have built up over the years, so Mathletics has really just been additional practice that my students work hard to be able to do each day. As they finish specific projects or assignments my students then get to go on Mathletics. Here I assign specific activities to supplement the program we are doing, but in many cases, Mathletics “is” the assignment. I love this part of the class period, as my students finish and hand in their work, they are quickly and quietly onto Mathletics allowing me to really spend focused time with those 3 or 4 students who really need my help. It has allowed my gifted students to continue to be challenged and has completely changed how my math class works.”
By implementing a special ceremony to present Mathletics certificates, he has inspired a drive to succeed in his students – even in those who have not been previously noted in their math achievement.
“Mathletics has helped me to bring excitement to my teaching and to build positive attitudes towards math, because of the wonderful recognition students get by reaching so many different personal goals. The Mathletic Certificates are wonderful. Every Monday, I print out a copy of the certificates that have been earned the previous week. I line up the certificate winners in front of the class and I play the song “Pomp and Circumstance” (graduation music) while I officially present and hand shake each winner. This is a humorous moment for the class because of the “big deal” I make about each achievement. We laugh, and have fun, but celebration is key to motivation. I even had a student who would try to slide into the line just to get a handshake even though she has never earned a certificate. I would usher her back to her seat while encouraging her to actually get on Mathletics to earn 1000 points. Then one week she finally earned her certificate and was a part of this recognition moment in front of her peers. She has never been noted for her academics before, especially in math. This moment seemed to click with her. She earned 8 straight certificates after that moment.“
Using a Mathletics Hall of Fame bulletin board, My. Gabrys profiles his students’ success for the whole school to celebrate. (Hint – make your own bulletin board in your school too! Learn how by clicking here)
“After seeing the wonderful successes Mathletics has been providing to my math classes I wanted to encourage the students in my entire school to use Mathletics more. This is when I thought up the idea to do our very own CHCS Hall of Fame in the hallway of the school.
This hallway bulletin board has truly brought the excitement to Mathletics that I was hoping for. There are now many more students from all grade levels working hard to get their avatar up on our Hall of Fame. I love the friendly competition that students are doing to work towards the most gold bars/medals and most Live Mathletics points.
I truly love the excitement Mathletics has brought to our school. When students are having “fun” learning, it’s the best kind.“
Mr Gabrys’ passion for his students, math and learning is truly an inspiration. Keep up the great work!
Do you have a fun or creative way you integrate Mathletics in your class? If so, you could be a Mathletics Master Class of the Month too!
Become the Mathletics Master Class of the Month
Do you love using Mathletics in your classroom? Do you use it in fun and creative ways? We want to hear from our 21st century classrooms!
Every month, we will be featuring a new Mathletics Master Class and it could be you. We want to share with our global community, the exciting ways you incorporate Mathletics in your classroom. The Mathletics Master Class will be featured in our newsletter, here on our blog, as well as on Facebook and Twitter. We want our global community to know how you are inspiring our youth to LOVE LEARNING!
The Mathletics Master Class of the Month will get^:
- A feature in our monthly newsletter
- A blog post sharing how Mathletics is used in your classroom
- Social media promotion of your class and school
- Opportunity to create a ‘celebration day’ to be included in our popular monthly Mathletics calendars
- A special Mathletics trophy for your class (maximum 1 trophy per class)
- An entry in the grand prize draw at the end of the year
To enter, email email@example.com and tell us:
- Subject line: Mathletics Master Class
- Your school, class and teacher name
- How long you’ve been using the program
- How you use Mathletics in your classroom. Be sure to include the following details:
- Share your engaging idea. Be sure to include how your fun and creative Mathletics ideas have impacted your classroom or school.
- Submit photos or videos of Mathletics being incorporated in your classroom or school ƚ
- *IDEA*: make this a shared writing activity with your students for a collaborative submission
All submissions will be reviewed by our Mathletics Marketing team and confirmation will be sent out prior to any information being published. Enter now for your chance to be the next Mathletics Master Class of the month.
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