did this with Kindra's class only
planned to present at NCTM
Brandi - grad student - created web site, videos, etc.
Brandi was a GA - started on web site...
presented at SDCTM??
We partnered with Kindra Wiese at Madison Middle School and 3 sections of her 7th grade math class as well as Jenna Grossenburg at Aberdeen OMT Elementary and her 5th grade students. We following a similar format as the pervious semester. Dr. Smith's 26 students in K-8 Math Methods served as math mentors to their 5th graders and 7th graders.
Brandi was involved again as a student teacher in Kindra Wiese's classroom.
26 preservice teachers (11 DSU students; 15 SDSU coop students) and 88 5th-7th graders (21 Aberdeen OMT, 67 Madison Middle) participated.
Dr. Smith made some major revisions to the challenge. He partnered with one of his former students, Jenna Grossenburg, and her 5th grade class at Aberdeen OMT Elementary. Dr. Smith's DSU students served as math mentors for Ms. Grossenburg's 14 5th graders. Each week the DSU math mentors would create videos explaining one of the math practice standards to their 5th grade teammates. The 5th graders would watch the videos, complete weekly math challenges, and then reply to their math mentors using Flipgrid. The DSU math mentors earned EPs for completing optional math challenges. The 5th graders earned points for their attitude and effort on the math challenges and for creating quality videos each week. The goal was to give the DSU students an authentic experience implementing gamification with students and to give the 5th graders a fun experience learning about the math practice standards and doing various math challenges.
25 preservice teachers (DSU students) and 15 5th graders participated.
The Dream Team won the challenge.
The Chasing Einstein Challenge begins.
Dr. Smith was looking for ways to introduce his K-8 Math Methods students to the concept of gamification as a strategy for engaging students and making math fun. The challenge consisted of a menu of optional challenges that students could complete to earn Einstein Points (EPs). The students were organized into teams and their EPs were combined and the team average was used for a leaderboard. The team at the top of the leaderboard at the end of 9 weeks was crowned the winner. Their name was printed on the coveted Chasing Einstein trophy.
40 preservice teachers participated (15 from DSU and 25 from SDSU).
The Number Ninjas won by a wide margin. They had several players that did a LOT of Khan Academy which was one of the optional challenges. I had to adjust the scoring moving forward to keep things a little more even.
Brandi played in this first challenge as a student.