There are all sorts of ways a teacher could use pizza to teach math – calculating the circumference of the circle, for instance, or making pie charts. But Apangea Math found an even better way to use pizza as an object lesson – offer it as a reward. What better time to do that than April, which is Math Awareness Month.
Apangea Math is a research-based, interactive, online application that provides students with individualized math instruction and has shown to be successful in improving math skills, problem solving abilities and overall confidence in math.
In January, I announced a partnership with Apangea Learning Inc. to provide free, supplemental online math instruction and tutoring services to 10,000 8th- through 10th-grade Algebra I students statewide. The partnership is one of the state department’s efforts to assist schools by providing additional resources to teachers and students. Sixteen high schools and 23 middle schools from across the state are participating in the pilot, and we hope to expand it in the future.
I was notified this week that 23 Oklahoma classrooms were winners of the Apangea Math “Earn Some Dough for Your Class” contest. One class in each of the winning schools with the highest average of lessons per active student combined with the total average of earned Apangea Points is being awarded a $50 Pizza Hut e-gift card.
Apangea representatives said Oklahoma students did an amazing amount of work during the contest, which ran from March 5 through April 1. Students worked for 7,881 hours and passed 8,718 math lessons, completed 259,038 math word problems and earned a combined total of 7,221,097 Apangea points.
This is wonderful. Congratulations to the students and their teachers who achieved these great results.
See a list of Oklahoma winning classrooms at http://www.apangea.com/PDFs/Oklahoma/OKlahoma-EarnSomeDoughForYourClassParty_WinningClasses.pdf.
While pizza itself is a great motivator, the real reward will come when these students graduate with the mastery of math skills firmly tucked in their belts. They will then be prepared to tackle the challenges of college and the 21st Century workforce, which will require such knowledge.