5 Ways to Get Students Excited About the Math Challenge

Ready, set goals, go!

Keep in mind that good habits formed during the Math Challenge can drive growth all year long. Here are five ways you can build excitement over the next few months, and keep the momentum going strong throughout the rest of the school year—and beyond.

Encourage students to complete 5 lessons per week: It’s a great idea to set goals with your students and your classroom throughout the year while using DreamBox, but the Math Challenge is a great time to reinforce the DreamBox best practices of 5 lessons per week.

Show each student how they can contribute to class goals: Use the data you’ve collected in DreamBox so far to start having one-on-one conferences with your kids. Show them how many lessons per week they completed so far this school year and explain how they could be a key contributor during the Math Challenge.

Celebrate individual accomplishments as a class: As students start accomplishing some of their personal goals within the context of the team goal, be sure to celebrate their achievements. If you click on Classroom Motivators under the Resources tab at the top of your DreamBox Insight Dashboard, you’ll find printable Student of Excellence certificates that you can use to recognize individual students. You can also award stickers for various milestones, or simply call out students in front of the class. Shining the spotlight on kids when they achieve a goal can boost their confidence, inspire their peers, and drive greater participation.

Share DreamBox progress data with your students: Log on to your Insight Dashboard regularly to look at individual and classroom data, and start framing conversations around that. Again, you could share this data in one-on-one sessions, or you could talk about it together as a classroom—maybe in a weekly team huddle. Giving your students a window into how DreamBox tracks their progress can help them to feel more vested in their learning. It may also motivate them to keep closer tabs on their own progress and growth, and really challenge themselves.

Create and display visuals in your (virtual) classroom to showcase the team’s progress
We suggest trying to find ways to post goal charts and other visuals in your (virtual) classroom to display progress is a great way for students to visualize their growth and see how their personal goals align with larger classroom goals. For example, one DreamBox teacher created a racetrack on her classroom wall that went all the way around the room. Every time students completed a certain number of lessons, they got to move the car with their name on it further along the racetrack toward the finish line. It helped keep everybody excited, engaged, and focused on a common goal. If you’re looking for more ideas for tracking progress in your classroom, there’s no shortage of clever charts on Pinterest.

If you’re registered for the 2020 Fall Math Challenge, check out the private Math Challenge Channel in DreamBox Nation.

To log into DreamBox Nation, log into your Insight Dashboard.

  • Go to Resources
  • Scroll down and click ‘DreamBox Nation’
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