Attention Prodigy players of all ages: the Starlight Festival has come to town! ✨
The Starlight Festival is a special event available for at-home players during the month of June that indulges their love for adventure and asks them to help Mama Star gather star shards for her collection.
Well, not really. But understanding negative exponents is an important building block for high school-level math courses, and it’s also a concept many students find challenging. When you gradually build on your students’ knowledge, you’ll ensure they’re ready to tackle challenging problems in and out of the classroom.
What drives growth in your school community?
It could be your school’s culture, a focus on teacher professional development, or even prioritizing useful teaching strategies. However, none may be as important as school mission statements, which are essential for student development and effective learning.
School mission statements indicate the priorities and goals of a school community, and can have an incredible impact on student achievement.
What do earthquakes, the stock market, computer science and nuclear physics all have in common?
They all involve multiplying exponents.
Exponents are an essential part of algebra, polynomial equations and higher-level math courses, but many students struggle to understand how to work with them. You’ve gone through exponent rules with your class, and now it’s time to put them in action.
You’ve guided your class through most of the big units: addition, division, subtraction, multiplication. But here’s another tricky one:
How to do long division.
A 2012 study published in Psychological Science found that 5th graders’ understanding of fractions and division could be directly linked with how well they understood algebra in high school and performed in higher-level math classes — even after controlling for various socio-economic factors.
No pressure, right?
Every educator has at least one tale of a teacher professional development session gone wrong. But how can you avoid those mistakes?
It’s difficult to plan and execute creative opportunities for teachers to continue to build their skills. Many school leaders will admit that professional development is the last thing on their mind in the middle of a busy school day.
Why do children go to school?
Most people would say it’s to learn the three R’s: reading, writing and ‘rithmetic. But a school culture that promotes diversity in the classroom teaches students something that’s more important: how to live and work in a society where every individual is unique.
In an increasingly fragmented society, the ability to connect with peers, coworkers and neighbours with diverse backgrounds and abilities is invaluable. Diversity improves critical-thinking skills, builds empathy and encourages students to think differently.
For many students (and teachers), the idea of classroom rules feels oppressive, stifling and sometimes just downright unfair.
It’s difficult to balance the need for order and structure with the desire to build a collaborative, fun environment for learning. But proper classroom management techniques include developing rules that guide student learning and set expectations around classroom behavior.