I recently had the pleasure of being introduced to Michele Wong, coFounder of HATCH, the company behind My Plate-Mate. This guard attaches to any standard plate to prevent messy spills at mealtime and promote independent self-feeding… if that isn’t real-life problem solving I don’t know what is, it’s no wonder her family is drawn to [...]
It’s almost that time… MathDice Tournament time that is!
Every spring, ThinkFun runs the Arlington County MathDice Tournament (now in it’s 7th year!), a fun-filled event in which teams from all 22 elementary schools go head-to-head, with one school emerging victorious!
MathDice is a brilliantly simple game that uses just 5 simple dice to strengthen mental math [...]
Are you a fellow word lover? Growing up with a grandma who kept an Official Scrabble Dictionary in her trunk at all times, I think it’s in my blood! Still today I get a Word of the Day email and do my crosswords in pen (ok just early in the week– by Thursday I usually [...]
I’ve recently had the pleasure of working with Angie Knutson, whose My Four Monkeys blog reviews products through her unique lens as both mom and homeschool educator. Angie’s support of ThinkFun games as teaching tools and eagerness to explore new education initiatives led to her oldest daughter participating in a test of our yet-unreleased Brain [...]
This post is courtesy of Lisa Kosanovic, a Math Teacher at Holyoke High School, Holyoke, Massachusetts
*Note: The GridWorks game referenced here is the precursor to the current Chocolate Fix game!
I teach high school math in the sixth poorest community in the nation, and for us, math class is too often about passing our [...]
ThinkFun CEO Bill Ritchie and his video camera have returned from the FIRST Robotics Tournament!
The energy in this video is just incredible (check out the line dancing!), and it’s clear these young engineers are prepared not only to tackle the challenges of tomorrow, but also to inspire the next generation of problem solvers! For [...]
A recent large-scale survey funded in part by the Gates Foundation and Scholastic Inc. suggests that teachers “value non-monetary rewards, such as time to collaborate with other teachers and a supportive school leadership, over higher salaries.”
Called “Primary Sources: America’s Teachers on America’s School,” the purpose of the survey was to keep teachers’ voices in the [...]
The following is an article by ThinkFun CEO Bill Ritchie, recently published in ThinkFun’s bi-weekly Classroom Connection newsletter. To receive these mailings, click here
This weekend I am off to volunteer as a judge at the FIRST Robotics New Jersey Regional Tournament, which I do every year. Founded by legendary engineer Dean Kamen, this is [...]
Here’s a photo of a real-life Rush Hour traffic jam sent to me by Laura Efinger, a pediatric occupational therapist (and big Rush Hour fan!) in Cairo, Egypt. Laura writes, “I have attached a picture of some Cairo traffic, which may explain why we love Rush Hour in Egypt! Some is parking and [...]
The following is a post by guest blogger Sean Gregory, a math teacher at Napa High School, Napa, CA
Games are a normal part of my classroom. I have always loved games personally and believed that I would be a better teacher if I put a part of myself into my teaching. My students from the [...]