Press Release #04/10-11
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 23, 2010
Contact: Christine Rosbury, Math Coordinator (313) 827-1529 rosburC@dearborn.k12.mi.us
Dana Addis, Math Coordinator (313) 827-8123 AddisD@dearborn.k12.mi.us
David Mustonen, Communications Coordinator (313) 827-3006 firstname.lastname@example.org
Games, Snacks, and Family Fun
Are Part Of The Equation At Math Night
Take a break from the daily routine, join your neighbors, and bring your kindergarten through sixth grade student to an evening of game playing fun! The Dearborn Public Schools K-12 Math Committee will host the 1st Annual Family Math Night on Wednesday, October 13, 2010, in the Board Room of the Administration Building, 18700 Audette, Dearborn 48124. The fun starts at 6:30 pm.
Teachers, parents and high school honor students will host parent/student game tables at this carnival like event. Those attending will play fun and educational games that help kids learn and master critical math skills. The games are aligned to the Everyday Math Curriculum and the Grade Level Content Expectations (GLCE). Families who win or purchase math games will leave knowing how to play the games so the fun and learning can continue at home.
“Gone are the days of rote memorization with flashcards and multiplication charts. The evidence is clear, games help learning soar,” commented Christine Rosbury, District Math Coordinator.
The K-12 Math Task Force is charged with preparing every Dearborn student to be successful in Algebra 2 as a graduation requirement. This goal helps to prepare tomorrow’s graduate for success in recession proof fields such as health and technology. While Dearborn teachers have been hard at work implementing strategies aimed at reaching every learner, one of the biggest mental shifts for all stakeholders is creating learning environments where students take risks, grapple with problems, and view errors as learning opportunities.
Today’s student needs computational fluency and problem solving skills. Math games represent an enjoyable way to help students master facts while thinking critically. The Everyday Math Program requires at least 15 minutes of skill practice with games daily. A 2008 study published by Carnegie Mellon University concluded that exposing children to board games produced large and lasting gains in their math skills.