Jill Benham, Leading Teacher of Numeracy from Victoria was excited to tell us about their transformation of Mathletics at Taylors Hill Primary School and the introduction of their Super Mathlete trophy
The number of certificates achieved has gone through the roof and the main topic of conversation with the kids (and parents too!!) has been Mathletics. Things like “I only need 220 more points to get a Bronze certificate”, “I now have four Bronze certificates.” “I got 2450 points this week!”, “I was in the top 100 students last night” etc. They are so excited to be completing the set tasks and then playing Live Mathletics. Our iPads have been much better with the updates – greater access to more set tasks!! Our usage has really increased across the school – with grades getting up to 40,000 points in a week!! We started presenting all certificates in the first week of term at assembly, but by the next week we had about 60 Bronze certificates – so we get the bronze certificates [earners] to stand up for acknowledgment and their certificates are presented in their classrooms. We then present silver and gold (when we have them).
And . . . the Mathletics trophy has been so motivational – really promoting whole grade participation!!! The grades wait in anticipation at assembly to see who has won it each week.
Our staff are also enthusiastic about gaining a greater knowledge of Mathletics. We have been looking at different components through our Numeracy School Improvement team and sharing and building our content knowledge as well. Thank you so much for your support, encouragement and commitment to Mathletics.
We have come such a long way!!!
Jill tells us that by using the self – assessment grid within the Mathletics Certification Pathway (Lead Educator Program), teachers were able to identify gaps in their Mathletics knowledge and by using the Tips for Success they worked together to bridge these gaps. The school improvement team are now offering workshops for students and teachers before during and after school. “Mathletics is regularly spoken about in our PLT and numeracy teams and with the kids. It feels really good to hear people around the school talking and being excited about maths!”.
Find out more about how you can achieve certification at your school. Visit www.mathletics.com.au/certification