Fifth grader Austin Brown is adorably quirky. Every day he stacks the blue and brown class chairs in a sometimes complicated pattern. He’s been known to point out random patterns, like the fact that the problem the class is solving is a factor of the page number they are on in a book. His passion for mathematical patterns and math even fuels his writing – his teacher says he composes poetry with rhythms and meter nearly as complicated as Shakespeare’s.
Recently, JiJi made a surprise visit to three schools in Baltimore, Maryland. These three schools are great examples for Baltimore City Public Schools; they are leading the way for implementing blended learning, fostering a positive school culture and increasing student success in math!
By Martin Buschkuehl and Christine Byrd
In most of our ST Math games, JiJi the penguin crosses the screen after a student successfully solves a puzzle. JiJi walks -- or waddles, perhaps -- from left to right. We’ve been asked over the years why JiJi travels in that direction. We asked several students why they think JiJi always moves from left to right. Listen to their answers in this video:
Laura and Katie (now in the seventh grade) love all kinds of games. When their mother, June, heard about the Game-a-thon challenge (a hands-on math activity) last year and recognized JiJi from their elementary school program, ST Math, she engaged the twins and their friends in the challenge.
Q&A with Jenny Robles, Principal at Palomino Intermediate School
Almost two years ago, Palomino Intermediate School amazed us with their enthusiastic school culture around JiJi and the ST Math program. Recently, Palomino Intermediate School received the Innovative Award from the Arizona State Department of Education. There is something special going on at Palomino, and we asked Principal Jenny Robles to share her insights!
By: Dr. Pam Moran, Superintendent at Albemarle County Public Schools
Why do Americans stink at mathematics? Why do from 30-40% of people who respond to attitudinal questions about math use language describing that they “hate” it? Why do many parents and educators believe that being good at math is about ability, not capability?
By: Bobbi Lynn Frensley, Kindergarten Teacher
George C. Payne Elementary School is a hidden gem in the Silicon Valley, known for its use of cutting edge technology and teaching philosophies. Recently we received the California Distinguished School Award and have set forth a plan to be a Project Based Learning (PBL) school. Project Based Learning engages students in developing working products while dealing with real world issues. Learning in a project based setting involves students trying to answer a question that interests them and creating a real world product that answers or addresses the question.
This post was originally published on Huffington Post ImpactX. Janine Ingram is the Vice President of Philanthropic Partnerships at MIND Research Institute.
EducationWeek’s newly released special report, “Blended Learning: Breaking Down Barriers” explores how K-12 schools are grappling with blended learning – from districts providing wifi for students’ homes to a review of meaningful research about technology’s impact on learning.
JiJi Day is next week on Tuesday, April 28th!
JiJi is the beloved penguin in the ST Math software games. Every time a child demonstrates understanding of a math concept, JiJi crosses the screen, signaling success and leading the student to the next more challenging puzzle. JiJi means many things to different students: a guide, a friend, someone to help overcome obstacles.