Every Secondary School student at Covenant Christian School has a Mathletics account. A few years ago, we began looking at ways in which we can offer greater support to students in the teaching and learning of Mathematics. It was decided that the Mathletics website would be a worthwhile resource to purchase to start using with the students.
Covenant is one of 2000 schools using Mathletics as an online learning resource to help children develop their ability in mathematics. Mathletics is the world’s most used maths website. Around the world 500,000 students are able to challenge each other in real time games of skill and strategy. The program includes step by step animated support and responds to child’s individual strengths and weaknesses. Mathletics is aimed at motivating students in their interest for mathematics, and also to help them improve their understanding and application of key concepts in the curriculum. Mathletics allows teachers to keep a closer eye on the progress of students and also allows for on-line tutoring of students in order to help them better understand the work taught in class. Students will, from time to time, have computer laboratory lessons at school, and they will also be given Mathletics home work to complete. (We also understand that some students do not have access to the internet at home, and so other arrangements can be made.)
We have noticed that a number of students in Years 7 – 12 are making good use of Mathletics, and it has been encouraging to see them improve in their performance in Mathematics. On the other hand, we feel that some students are under-utilising the resource, or they are only playing on-line games.
Here are some ways Mathletics can be used at home. These hints are as helpful for the students in Year 7 as they are for the Year 12 students.
• Mathletics can be used to reinforce concepts taught in class. The students can go in to the relevant section and re-sit some of the activities. For example, if the student has been studying Pythagoras’ Theorem in class, but needs more practice, they can complete some more questions.
• Mathletics can be used to teach the concepts. In the section where the students work on the exercises, they can click on the question mark (?) symbol, where the program will take the students through a similar style question so that they can improve in their understanding.
• Mathletics is a wonderful revision resource. When preparing for examinations, students can go into the relevant sections in the website, and practice as many questions as they wish in preparation for examinations.
We would encourage parents and students to take a look at the program. Ask your child to show you how it works, so that you can gain a better understanding of Mathletics. Please be in touch with Mr Muddle or your child’s Mathematics teacher if you have any more questions.
Mr P Muddle