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Ishaan Gadhia works with Tracy Church on a math puzzle

Passport to learning

A traveling penguin is helping first-graders hone their math skills and learn about the world. JiJi is the digital mascot of ST Math, a web-based program that provides interactive puzzles which help students practice their math skills. For every 10% of the ST Math curriculum the first grade classes complete, they receive a digital postcard from JiJi which describes her latest location. Each postcard is an opportunity for the teachers to conduct a mini geography lesson and discuss the reasons that make each of JiJi’s locales a popular destination for tourists.

The digital stamps from the postcards are printed and students paste them into passports. So far, students have received postcards from Kjeragbolten in Norway, Giant’s Causeway in Northern Ireland, and Carlsbad Caverns in New Mexico.

Students in grades 1-5 use ST Math for about 90 minutes per week to augment their learning. The platform allows each student to move at his or her own pace. If students select wrong answers, they’re not left in the dark wondering why the answers they chose were incorrect; ST Math’s animated feedback offers insight and rationale. 

To move onto the next level of difficulty, a student must master the prior level by correctly answering every question in a challenge round.

“For me, one of the best parts of ST Math is seeing the kids’ reactions when they reach a new level,” said first grade teacher Tracy Church, whose class is participating in the passport activity along with Carmella Ciccarella’s and Devon Marques’ classes. “They cheer, dance, yell, and fist pump. It's wonderful to watch.”

Through ST Math’s dashboard screens, teachers can monitor the progress of each student. The dashboard indicates the current skills that the students are working on (e.g., measurement and data, geometry) and alerts teachers in real-time to the kids who are having trouble. This allows teachers to provide help at the exact moment when students need it.

“The tools and data in ST Math let us individualize teaching,” said Ms. Marques. “We can give each student exactly what’s needed to learn and grow. It fits right into the district’s emphasis on personalizing learning.”

Students who complete the curriculum for the year move on to advanced challenges and games that help them dive deeper into the math concepts. 

To check out some puzzles in ST Math and meet JiJi, go to: https://www.stmath.com/play/push-box

To see a video overview of the program, go to https://youtu.be/XrH8fjI-coM

Claire Hanson concentrates while solving a challenge in ST Math

  

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