While students have learned thousands of math facts, their teachers have learned that kids enjoy learning math facts with an app. The tedium of flashcards and drills from previous times has been replaced by engaging games on electronic devices.
Teacher Livia Zitzow never imagined that her third graders would have increased their understanding of math as much as they have in the past year. Overall, South Point Elementary students have learned 62,850 math facts, increasing their fluency from 22 percent to 73 percent since December.
The app that the students have used is the Relex math app. “They can think deeper,” said Zitzow. She says that students can explain how they solve an addition problem without focusing on counting on their fingers, and so they understand the process of solving the problem better.
Teachers and parents are adapting to new ways. Previously, parents used flash cards, or drilled facts, or students drilled facts with dice games. Not anymore. Family life has changed, and there just isn’t the time. “They don’t get that natural numeration that they used to,” Zitzow said. “It’s not as natural.”