Happy February, friends! It might be my favorite month of the year. January is officially behind us, new habits are starting to solidify, and it's a time to celebrate all kinds of love! Love for our friends, family, pets—and because I work for a math organization, even love for math!
Let’s face it though—math doesn’t always get the love it deserves. Many individuals experience math anxiety which can lead to poor math performance. By changing our attitudes about math, we can help reduce that anxiety!
Here at MIND, we love math and want students to feel the same way. We put together this roundup of radical mathematical activities to help everyone feel the love this February!
Love on the Brain
Everything we do at MIND is grounded in neuroscience. A 2020 Proving Ground study from the Center for Education Policy Research at Harvard University found that adding ten more minutes of ST Math time midyear increases student achievement.
Need an idea to boost your class ST Math time by ten minutes each week? We’ve got you covered.
1. Tuesday/Thursday, I'm in Love
Consider scheduling ST Math on Tuesdays and/or Thursdays as part of your math block.
2. You and Me (and JiJi)
Work with small groups of students, virtually or in-person, while the rest of the class engages in ST Math time independently.
3. Good Morning, JiJi
Start the day by using ST Math as a class warm up first thing in the morning.
This month of love also marks the Lunar New Year—the most celebrated holiday in many Asian countries. Lunar New Year starts on the first new moon of the lunisolar calendar year and lasts for about two weeks. It’s a time to celebrate happiness, health, prosperity, and luck. The traditions vary across cultures, but generally include a lot of family, food, and communal festivities.
Your students and you can print, fold, and assemble this red envelope to celebrate! Red envelopes containing money are traditionally given out by elders to younger family members during this holiday, offering luck and prosperity for the new year ahead. The Chinese characters behind JiJi on the envelope translate to the English word "luck!
When you’re in love, you want to shout it from the rooftops! We created this JiJi love note coloring sheet to help your students reflect on and share what they love about math. They can also use the writing space to say what they love about ST Math or JiJi.
Looking for something a little more challenging? Try our coordinate graphing activity! What could the image be? Students will need to plot points and then connect the dots to reveal the surprise. After that, coloring is encouraged!
Sure, this month we’re focusing on helping students build a love for math, but you didn’t think we’d forget our teachers, did you? We want the adults to get in on the fun too! Send some love with a JiJi gram! We’ve designed several “love notes” for you to choose from. Download one of the images below and post it to your favorite social media platform. Add a note of appreciation for a fellow teacher, administration member, or anyone else! Make sure to tag them in the post.
If you use any of these activities in your classroom or at home, we would love to see it! Share your creation on social media and you might just get a response from JiJi. You can tag any of our accounts below or include #STMath.