BuzzMath site for the Energy Team
Posted by Mark Goelz on 10/10/2019
Hi all. We wanted to make parents aware of a website our team is using daily, Buzzmath. Buzzmath provides students with a great opportunity to preview/improve/master their 6th grade math skills and/or review prior level skills (as well as potentially explore 7th and 8th level math skills).
The site centers around a storyline encouraging the player to save Buzz City, which has lost all of its math powers. Players earn Gold Stars for completing activities and when enough gold stars are earned, players unlock high level missions which can be completed for even more gold stars. Energy Team students have been made aware that they will receive 5 Scholars' Club points for every gold star earned and 100 Scholars' Club points for every unlocked mission completed.
My goal is for every student to earn all 195+ possible 6th grade level before the end of the school year. The app provides the students with opportunities to review topics we have covered in class as well as explore new topics we have yet to have reached. I believe the students who put in this "extra" math time will surely find improvements in their understanding and success in math. For those who do earn all of the 6th Level stars, I will move them on into the opportunity to work with 7th level topics and earn stars there as well.
While I fully recognize the amount of homework Energy students already have and the fact that such homework should take priority, I am asking parents to encourage their Energy students to make some "Buzzmath time" at home when the homework load is light. While I'm sure students would often rather use digital media to play the latest fad video game at home , I assure you Buzzmath provides a nice balance of quality math content with interactive fun. Please encourage your Energy Team member to take advantage and ask her or him to show you what the Buzzmath app has to offer. While there will always be opportunities to work in Buzzmath at school (homeroom, end of math class, pride time, etc.), the goal is for students to occassionally work outside the classroom as well in order to stay on pace towards our goals of completing all 6th level stars in Buzzmath.
Currently, students should have 31 stars in Buzzmath to be considered "on pace." We have set our next goal at 38 stars by Monday 10/14/19. Please check in with your Energy Student to see if they are keeping on pace.