Setting up after-school math clubs for your students
Thinking of setting up an after-school math club for your class? The Sumdog team believe they are a great addition to students’ learning and a proven way to build their confidence. If you’re not sure where to start – our team are here to help! Keep reading to find out our top tips and tricks.
Why are after-school math clubs great?
Math can be a difficult subject to teach. Your class can lose interest quickly, children can experience blockers and keeping their stamina up can become a real challenge. Gamification helps with that, but there is only so much excitement you can build up around math during a lesson.
After-school math clubs are a great solution to these issues. Not only do they create a more relaxed learning environment, they also allow for different types of inter-level learning. To help you create your own math club or discover fresh ideas, we’ve asked our team of experienced teachers for their top tips!
Our teacher’s top tips for after-school math clubs:
1. Make use of board games
Lots of well-known board games include math-related aspects. To make learning feel a little different from what students do in the classroom, you could provide your math club with games all children can play and enjoy. For example: Monopoly is a great option to teach children how to count money, chess involves strategy and counting, and many other games involve logical thinking and probability to support their learning.
2. Math choice boards
Whether you’re staying in the classroom or trying to encourage outdoor learning, math choice boards are a fun way to practise math concepts in a concrete way. Create a list of items or elements your students have to find in their direct surroundings. These could be five right angles, a circular item or even objects to create their own equations with.
3. Cultivate inter-level collaboration
Students may operate at different levels within one year group and this usually makes tailoring teaching to your class difficult. A math club will usually have a mix of children from different year groups, so why not trust the older students to support younger or struggling ones?
4. Encourage healthy competition
When children know they’ve got a chance to win prizes and play against their peers, their motivation skyrockets! It’s even more exciting if they can play at their own level regardless of their opponent. Using Sumdog’s contests or multiplayer games in your math club can help you foster relationships between your students while getting them to practise the skills you teach in class. They’re designed to adapt to a student’s level, too, so a year 1 could beat a year 6 — that’s pretty exciting! To top it all off, they can also win coins to buy fun items for their avatar, home and garden!
So now that you’ve got plenty of ideas and activities – you’re ready to set up your own math club!