A Week With Math & Movement

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A Week With Math & Movement Got some antsy kids running around with too much energy and not enough to keep them busy? Our next challenge, #aweekwithmathandmovement, might be just the thing for you to do with them! Why not practice math skills and get some of that endless energy out? Download our printable calendar here that your kids can check off each day once they complete the activity posted here on our account! This calendar also features a sneak peek of each day’s activity. 😉 Click the image to download the calendar PDF! We will start posting the movement on Sunday, June 28th, so make sure to follow us on Instagram to stay up-to-date! Teachers, feel free to send this out to parents! If you take any pictures or…
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Famous Black Mathematicians and Their Contributions

Famous Black Mathematicians and Their Contributions

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8 Famous Black Mathematicians and Their Contributions Happy Juneteenth! On June 19, 1865, enslaved African Americans in Galveston Bay, TX were notified that they, along with the more than 250,000 other enslaved black people in the state, were free by executive decree. The contributions of African Americans throughout our nation’s history are numerous and significant. Today, we want to highlight and celebrate the Black mathematicians who have greatly impacted our nation and the future of mathematics. Benjamin Banneker (1731-1806) Benjamin Banneker was a primarily self-educated mathematician and astronomer. He is best known for building America's first clock at the age of 24 - a wooden device that struck hourly. He also was able to accurately forecast lunar and solar eclipses. Banner's deep curiosity and understanding of mathematics greatly paved the way years before…
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Fun Activities To Get You and Your Child Excited About Learning

Fun Activities To Get You and Your Child Excited About Learning

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Fun Activities to Get You and Your Child Excited About Learning Parent Engagement and Math A parent’s self-confidence in math is said to be “the strongest predictor of mathematics achievement” [1]. If a parent doesn't understand the material a student is learning, don’t feel confident in the content, or if they simply dislike math, these feelings can easily be passed down to their child. Good news! There are many ways to overcome the barriers that can prevent parent engagement in student learning. Feeling a lack of inspiration for engagement activities? We have compiled a list of some activities for you and your student to try! Even though most schools will be ending this month, you can try these out this summer at home, and carry them into fall! 7 Ways…
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The Importance of Parental Engagement

The Importance of Parental Engagement

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The Importance of Parental Engagement And what it really means. Joining the PTA, chaperoning field trips, and running school bake sales can come to mind when picturing parental engagement. But is that what parental engagement is really about? Not necessarily. These types of activities are parental involvement. They are incredibly important for supporting the school, teachers, and students’ attitudes about education. Parental engagement, on the other hand, has the potential to deepen the trust that you are invested in your child’s education and also improve their educational achievement [1]. Parental engagement is defined as “parents and teachers sharing a responsibility to help their children learn and meet educational goals” [2]. Parents can help by assisting with homework and encouraging fun, educational activities during a child’s free time [1]. To put in…
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6 Ways to Thank a Teacher This Week

6 Ways to Thank a Teacher This Week

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6 Ways to Thank a Teacher This Week This year, Teacher Appreciation Week looks a little different. With schools closed nationwide and online alternatives to education becoming the current teaching method, everyone has had to adjust tremendously. Parents, students, and especially teachers, have had to adjust quickly to a type of schooling that most have never experienced before. Teachers deserve to be appreciated every day. Right now, they are navigating unknown and challenging circumstances and we are blown away by their resilience. Here are six ways to thank your child's teacher this week: Record a video message of you and your child, thanking the teacher for all that they have done.  Let your child design a digital card or color a picture that shares their appreciation for their teacher and all…
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School Stair Riser Stickers

School Stair Riser Stickers

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Math & Movement Stair Riser Stickers Decorate your school’s stairs with colorful stair riser stickers. Encourage students to practice math, ELA, science, foreign languages, or positive affirmations, on their way to class! In our Math & Movement workshops, we ask teachers to calculate how many minutes they spend walking in the hallway to art, PE, music, lunch, etc. Teachers report that their transition time outside of the classroom is 15-30 minutes each day. However, one study found that some first-grade students spend 25% of their day transitioning between class periods. If the average school day is six hours, students could be spending up to an hour and a half transitioning each school day. That’s 270 hours per year they could be reinforcing their understanding of class content! Why not use…
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Colorful Learning Hallways Created at Ithaca School

Colorful Learning Hallways Created at Ithaca School

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Written By Suzy Koontz, Founder and CEO of Math & Movement https://youtu.be/0p7_rgyLrkQIf you have attended one of my workshops, then you may remember me sharing one of my favorite quotes from my mom, (a retired reading specialist). After teaching thousands of children to read, my mom’s best advice for teaching and learning is, “Abundant Practice at a Level of Comfortable Success.” This wonderful advice from my mom inspired a vision that is now a reality in one school! For years, I have dreamed about words, wonderful words, in hallways for students to jump and practice! We created mats with the Dolch Sight words for this purpose. Setting this up in the hallway allows for a morning exercise program and buddy programs where older students help younger students with sight word…
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Healthy Halloween Haunts

Healthy Halloween Haunts

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Healthy Halloween Haunts Halloween is an exciting time of year for kids, and it’s no secret that they love all of the sugary candy that they get to consume. However, Halloween also comes with health concerns with regard to childhood obesity. Each year, the average American child consumes 7,000 calories in candy alone on Halloween or the equivalent of 169 standard sugar cubes (Mukerjee). By adding physical activity into the classroom, you can promote a balanced lifestyle (and help your students work through a sugar crash!). In this article, you will find fun activities for this time of year that your students will love. Frankenstein by 5’s Active Math Movement  Put your right arm out like Frankenstein and whisper “one.”  Put your left arm out like Frankenstein and whisper “two.” …
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Why Kinesthetic Professional Development Workshops Will Have Your Teachers Jumping for Joy

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Why Kinesthetic Professional Development Workshops Will Have Your Teachers Jumping for Joy Professional development keeps teachers up-to-date on the latest science-backed pedagogical methods, increases their content knowledge, and allows them to strengthen relationships with their coworkers. Unfortunately, many teachers consider most professional development irrelevant, outdated, and uninspiring. According to the Gates Foundation, only 29% of teachers are highly satisfied with the professional development opportunities offered to them (Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, 2014). Luckily, you can change their attitudes by addressing a few important factors. Here are five ways professional development workshops which teach kinesthetic learning strategies can address your teachers’ concerns and meet their professional learning goals! 1. Innovation. Many teachers are looking for new strategies that will engage their students, make learning fun, and be more inclusive to…
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How to Cure the Post-Summer Blues 

How to Cure the Post-Summer Blues 

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How to Cure the Post-Summer Blues Hooray! The school year has just begun (or is just about to begin, depending on where you are located). Students might still be in summer mode and not excited to start learning again. But have no fear! Math & Movement is here to help you combat the post-summer blues and make your lessons full of learning and fun! Morning Meeting Start the day right by telling your students what they have to look forward to. A daily morning meeting will provide students with a designated time to wake up their brains, say what they need to say, and start moving a little. One activity you could incorporate into your morning meeting could be a simple game of catch. The twist is that students have…
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