2018-03-08 / News

Math Night arouses enthusiasm about learning to middle school kids

By Tanya Terry
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Students were interested and engaged in the Sticky Note Challenge Teacher Andrew Kunze hosted at the most recent Math Night at Bendle Middle School. Pictured are (left to right) Nathan Radofski, Christopher King, Kasey Hendricks, Andrew Kunze and Jesse Spencer. Students were interested and engaged in the Sticky Note Challenge Teacher Andrew Kunze hosted at the most recent Math Night at Bendle Middle School. Pictured are (left to right) Nathan Radofski, Christopher King, Kasey Hendricks, Andrew Kunze and Jesse Spencer. BURTON — Math Night was recently held at Bendle Middle School, stirring up an excitement about math in sixth, seventh and eighth grade students.

Raffles were held for items ranging from Bendle mathematician T-shirts and bookbags to Rollhaven Skating Center tickets.

Tacos, nachos and bottled water were served. Three stations were set up with substations for the students to participate in enjoyable activities centered around math at.

Station one was a sticky note relay. For it, Andrew Kunze, a sixth and seventh grade math teacher at Bendle, created gigantic papers with multiplication charts on them but did not fill the charts out.


Emily Robbins, 13, who is in eighth grade won a Bendle mathematicians bookbag at Math Night. 
Photos by Tanya Terry Emily Robbins, 13, who is in eighth grade won a Bendle mathematicians bookbag at Math Night. Photos by Tanya Terry Students lined up in groups and competed with each other with the task of seeing how much of the chart they could get filled out in 10 minutes, sometimes running to the charts. Kunze said the sticky notes came in handy because students were able to write their problems and answers on the them. The team with the most of them in the correct spot won.

“The sticky note challenge was fun because it added movement,” Kunze said. “It also allowed them to compete. Competition is a huge motivator in education. The students were also able to choose their own problems to solve.”

At station two, Nathan Kohn, another Bendle teacher, played Kahoot! with the kids. Kahoot! is an interactive quiz the students do on the iPads. The faster stu- dents answer questions, the more points they receive. Since the students played on teams, the winning team’s name went on a large screen.

“Kids enjoy Kahoot! because it adds technology to their learning,” Kunze said. “It’s a fun version of taking a quiz and lessens quiz anxiety.”

Station three was a website station in which Megan Kohn showed the youth how to access math activities online. Megan Kohn is a homemaker and wife of Nathan Kohn who helped with the event because she felt it was important.

“We’re just trying to encourage students and parents that math is fun and there are different ways to learn math, including online websites and downloadable apps,” Megan Kohn said. “It’s very important for parents and kids to know math is easily accessible and doesn’t have to be super complicated.”

Kunze said apps offer math activities on the go, and in his seventh-grade class, students created their own apps.

Nathan Radofski, 12, who is in sixth grade, said his favorite math activity was the sticky note challenge because he got to learn his multiplication.

“I like math because it’s fun to learn,” he said. “Math Night was awesome!”

Alexis Robert, 13, who is in eighth grade, said her favorite math activity was the Kahoot! game because it was challenging.

“It was like a quiz thing, but there were mind teasers and stuff,” she said. “Some questions were easy, and some were hard. I liked the challenging part of it.”

Robert said she did think she was good at math. Therefore, she said math in itself was a challenge for her, though fun.

“Math Night was really fun, and it probably helped me,” she said.

Kunze said the most important thing for students to know is math is used in the real world. He uses math with the students to do everything from calculating their heart rates with them to making lemonade in class.

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