Yet we are asking more of our students than ever before. The Standards for Mathematical Practice raise expectations for our students, asking them to understand concepts, make connections and communicate their reasoning.
How can we get students to not only engage in math, but also go deeper in the mathematical thinking and practices described in the standards?
If designed well, game-based learning can harness students' intrinsic motivation and love for play and lead them toward complex problem solving.
Games make brains grow.
A study using fMRI technology showed three areas of brain growth after two months of playing digital games: the prefrontal cortex (responaible for abstract thinking, analyzing, making choices and making predictions), the hippocampus (responsible for memory, spatial navigation and learning) and the cerebellum (responsible for movement).
Look for games that create a compelling world of problem-solving, allow self-directed exploration, deliver scaffolded mastery-based learning, provide data for players to monitor their own progress and offer real-time feedback to help players adjust their solution.
Learn more about the ST Math instructional games and how schools are using ST Math to support standards-based math practices: