The best GIFT ever…STUTTERING!…And you probably already thinking that I am out of my mind. Stuttering? Gift? Crazy? Cool?…Confusing, isn’t it? Not really!
One of my mentors used to say “anything in life which gives you pain is a source of happiness and strength…you just need to learn how to use it for your advantage”.
I remember, one day we were on the phone. I was frustrated… No matter how hard I was trying, my speech and my life were going NOWHERE. I was very NEGATIVE, FRUSTRATED and HOPELESS.
Here is a short section from the phone call with my mentor:
Chazzler: I hate giving up, but I think it is time to be realistic.
My Mentor: What do you mean, Chazzler?
Chazzler: I am going to quit every single thing I do for my stuttering. I hate my speech and obviously I have to live with this pain all through my life…which I hope is not going to be too long because I can’t take this pain anymore. This is one hell of an EMOTIONAL PAIN. It affects my WHOLE LIFE. I HATE IT!
My Mentor: Feelings are illusions, Chazzler. They are the energy around you. Once a pain is NOT always a pain. If you have a big pain, that simply means you have a great chance to make a huge CHANGE in your life. Think about what it would be like to beat that pain.
Chazzler: Yeah, whatever. I don’t want to think about stuff which will NEVER happen.
My Mentor: You are trying to beat that pain with “something” Chazzler…and that is wrong! There is only one “thing” who can beat that pain, and that is YOU.
Chazzler: (kept silent)
My Mentor: Remember that what really is valuable is not solving a problem, it is who …
Children these days would not let themselves get behind when it comes to technology. Most children know how to use computers and other electronic gadgets that have access to the internet. With the trend in online video games, children would prefer playing these games than opening a book and read. But the trend in technology is not at all bad for children for there are also cool math games for kids online and online math lessons as well. They can also interact with cool math videos and learn just like they do in a classroom.
There are also cool math games that can catch your child's interest to learn more and love math. These are just simple ways of making your child love math. Here are effective ways on how online math lessons can make your child love learning math as much as playing games online.
Visual Learning – Not only children are attracted to animation. Online lessons include animation in the lessons where it attracts the children's interest. It also reduces anxiety in learning math and keeps students interested. Most people are afraid of math and are often discouraged to learn it because of its difficulty. But if the proper methods are used and students' interests are maintained, then learning math can be as easy as learning other subjects. There are also interest cool math videos that are surely visually attractive.
Self -paced – Unlike in a classroom, learning math online will depend on your pace. In a classroom, the teacher changes the pace of lessons according to the course schedule or how fast majority of the students catches up. Those who are a bit slow are always left behind. But if you take math lessons online, you get to change the lessons according to your pace, have a …
As a special education math teacher, I am always looking for new ways to introduce cool math games to my students. Frankly, I must tell you that unless there is some technology involved, it is like pulling teeth with these kids. However, if you give kids a computer or an iPod, then all of the sudden math isn't so bad. Therefore, I am going to share some of my favorite cool math tricks with you.
Cool Math 4 Kids
Cool Math 4 Kids is an online website that does exactly what it says. It has tons of free games for the kids to play online. The kids do not need anything special to play. They do not need a user name or password. They do not need a lightning fast computer. All they need is a mediocre computer that connects to the Internet.
The games are Flash Games meaning the play in little windows without a download. Most computers have this already installed but you can update your computer if you don't have it installed.
While this site is not as flashy, it does get the job done. It is more of a tutoring site. It starts with kindergarten and goes all the way up to eighth grade. It does some major tutoring and can be quite fun for the kids.
In addition to the math games, the site offers several other subjects as well. The only way to truly understand this site is to go there.
The site is free, although it does ask you to buy a CD. I have used the site for years and have never purchased the CD. It says it is there for faster speeds. This has never been a concern of my students or mine.
I did not give …
In an AP-AOL News poll involving 1,000 adults, the findings confirmed what most individuals already know – Americans have a love-hate relationship with mathematics as a subject in school with nearly 4 out of every 10 adults expressing their disdain for the subject. Perhaps, if these individuals participated in cool math games online, then their attitude toward math would have changed for the better.
Why Kids Hate Math
If adults hate math, then you can just imagine the experiences of kids who are still being introduced to its concepts. The question then is: Why do kids hate math? Keep in mind that the disdain for the subject often starts in childhood.
First, math is not something that can be done on a passive and impulsive manner such as learning the English language in an environment where it is the first language. Kids must put in plenty of time, effort and energy into learning math concepts, developing the skills for solving math problems, and advancing said skills to the next level. In most kids, concentration and focus are not their strongest suits especially with technology (ie, video games) at hand. The good news is that kids' affinity for video games can also be harnessed for their own good via cool math games but more on that later.
Second, math seems like a subject with no real-world applications except for the basic operations (ie, addition, subtraction). Kids also hate it that math has a set of rigid rules that allow little opportunity for imaginative discourse, thus, their idea that math is a dull subject. Math has a language of its own that kids will not initially understand. Teachers must then simplify the jargon so that everyday applications can be made.
How Online Math Games Help
Fortunately, kids can love the subject via …
Math Blaster is a massively multi-player online game (MMOG) that was launched in 2011 by Knowledge Adventure. This mathematics-based game is rated for players from age 6 to 12. The company also has another online game called Jump Start that is aimed at pre-school children. Parents who sign their children up for membership at Math Blaster get the Jump Start program for free. As with many other online games, children can play Math Blaster for free; However, universal access to all features requires a monthly $ 5 subscription. Players download the game's application from the Math Blaster website and then access the game on secure servers. The game is available in English, Spanish and Portuguese.
Although the Math Blaster MMOG was launched in 2011, the game is under a large corporate umbrella known as the Blaster Learning System. The Davidson Company created the Math Blaster educational software in 1989. Knowledge Adventure took over the line of software in 1999 and expanded the Math Blaster brand into a network cartoon series and now as an online game.
In Math Blaster, players initially board a space ship and are given a role as a Blaster Cadet. Players are able to customize their cadet using a Molecular Modulator that allows them to choose the avatar's looks and species. Players advance in the game by tackling math questions – this allows them to earn merits and achievements. These merits allow players to climb the ranks of the Intergalactic Space Patrol. The game uses the foundation of good versus evil as its main theme. The players are the good guys who defend the universe from threats in space. Players make friends with other players and can chat with them using pre-selected and filtered language. Players can also design their home 'pods' and can have …