This class may be experienced by kids as a “fun” class, but it’s one that will benefit their mental and social development by helping them to develop:
- logical abilities
- math skills that support Algebra and Geometry, including a deeper understanding of polynomial factoring, exponents, positive and negative numbers, and more critical thinking skills
- good sportsmanship, leadership, and communication skills
- many other skills that can be gleaned from games
This class focuses on Algebra and some Geometry and Algebra 2 level Math concepts through standalone lessons (which means topics may be new to some students and skill-reinforcement for others, so the class can work for students with a range of ability levels who are interested in this level of math. It could be a really great class for reinforcement for those enrolled in an Algebra class in a different time slot as well as for students who would like extra practice in a low-stress, enjoyable format. We divide into small groups, work as a large team, and sometimes work individually to develop mathematical reasoning and logic skills in a playful, supportive environment—with special emphasis on FUN!
Both levels of this class can be repeated to help students continue to gain mastery, and will include a mix of the following, focused on both math and logic:
Group activities: These games are usually cooperative in nature, and designed to allow each student to work at their own level of challenge while encouraging classmates to work to their best level. These games will incorporate logical thinking skills, math facts, and plenty of fun!
Structured games: These games will incorporate logic, critical thinking skills, and other mathematical thought processes. When appropriate, students will play as a class, or will break into smaller groups based on ability and interest, so that everyone is engaged and having a great time.
Math-based puzzles: We work through math-based puzzles that help students practice their skills to gain a higher level of mastery. These worksheets help students with specific skills that are needed for higher-level math and are often easily confused. In addition to practicing these skills, the puzzles allow them to use logic and decoding skills.
Lizzie, a Mensa member and enthusiastic game-player herself, has taught her own children math using many games, and has really enjoyed teaching this class for several years. With a fun collection of online and Zoom-friendly games that reinforce logic skills and develop executive functioning, Lizzie looks forward to helping those who are ambivalent about math and math enthusiasts alike as the class enjoys multiple innovative games each week.
There are 2 levels for this class. The class will be Algebra 1, Geometry & some Algebra 2; the other class focuses on Pre-Algebra with some Algebra.
Ages: ability based, but about 13-17 yo.
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