This past weekend I made my bi-annual trek to the Gathering for Gardner, a four day celebration of recreational intellectualism held in honor of Martin Gardner, who was for many years the Mathematical Games columnist for Scientific American. Martin is a hero to generations of mathematicians, magicians, metagrobologists (puzzle lovers), skeptics, Lewis Carroll and L. [...]
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 [...]
Need inspiration to start your spring cleaning? Here’s a great reason to dust off that old collection of classic board games!
A recent article from KnoxNews takes a look at how classic games like Monopoly and Scrabble can serve as powerful learning aids! In the hands of a creative teacher (or parent for that matter), a [...]
This past weekend I volunteered as a judge in the New Jersey Regional FIRST Robotics Tournament. Sixty one teams competed, coming from as far away as Brazil. The competition was played in three-team alliances, alliances playing against each other to shoot soccer balls through goals with some significant wrinkles thrown in. [...]
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 [...]
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 some [...]
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 [...]
According to a survey conducted by Columbia University, 85 percent of American parents think it’s important to tell their kids that they’re smart. To a parent looking to help a child reach his/her potential and feel confident, this seems both [...]
Given the current state of education, it’s easy to understand the frustration teachers feel as they are stretched thin and given increasingly mixed messages. Forced to “teach to the test” while still focusing on differentiating to meet the needs of individual learners. teachers today often find their jobs precariously tied to student test results and [...]