What Makes Game-Based Learning So Effective–& How Does It Work?

When we think of games, we often think of them as somewhat trivial or just for fun, but can a game-based learning environment really change the way students learn and teachers teach?

Researchers agree that people learn best in a game environment, more than any other traditional form of instruction, but why?

Imagine Math gamesPeople love games. We like to have fun and we especially like to win. While it may go without saying, this tendency holds true in a learning environment as well.

Winning doesn’t necessarily imply there is a loser. Some of the best game-based instructional tools provide students with a judgement-free learning environment, helping them achieve many small wins over time that lead to higher motivation and less stress.

This concept also counters the pass/fail model of testing and evaluations by allowing students to focus more on learning the material and improving so that they can move on to the next level. Read more »

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4 Common Misconceptions About Growth Mindset

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How many times in your life have you been certain that you had a concrete understanding of a concept, only to find out later – and usually at a critical moment – that you were not quite there yet?

The sudden awareness of your misconception can be one of those cathartic “aha” moments.

However, that self-awareness can also be a crushing blow if you have already put a significant amount of time, energy, and resources into a project, relationship, or initiative.

Don’t let misunderstandings about growth mindset sabotage your efforts at creating real and lasting positive changes in your school’s culture. Read more »

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Announcing Our 2017 Limerick Contest Winners

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Every year, Imagine Learning holds a limerick contest for budding new poets–and every year, the contest is harder to judge!

Our 2017 Limerick Contest was no exception; we read so many wonderful and creative limericks that it was hard to choose a winner.

In the end, our judges voted for entries that best captured the distinctive rhyme and rhythm of a limerick, along with those that were especially creative in following this year’s theme: “My Favorite Subject.”

Congratulations, students–your limericks were amazing.

The Winning Limericks

Top prizes this year went to students of Carolyn S–by far the most entries received. Great job, students! Read more »

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Another Slice of Pi: Announcing Our Pi Day Winners

Our Imagine Math students are always game for sharing their learning successes with us. So, when we asked schools across the country to share their 2017 Pi Day celebrations with us, we weren’t disappointed!

Here are the winning Imagine Math classrooms and the creative ways they celebrated the biggest math day of the year.

Thompson Elementary – Carrollton-Farmers Branch ISD (TX)

In Ms. Crump’s first block (homeroom) and second block classes, students created Pi Day posters that showcased the creative side of pi. Thanks for the inspiration!

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Henderson Middle School – Vance County Public Schools (NC)

At Henderson, Mr. Banaag’s students made Pi Day into a week-long celebration, including Read more »

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Hello, Sweet 16: March MATH Madness is Underway

MX3, Imagine Math, March, MATH Madness, contestNow that March has blown in, which schools have passed more math lessons than all the rest? Read on to see who made the Sweet 16 in our annual Imagine Math MX3 contest!

Before our contenders can advance, they must compete in a new math challenge each week during March. Who will have what it takes to advance in our MATH Madness competition–or win it all? As past winners can attest, it takes an entire school to win the MX3 contest, now in its tenth year.

But expect all the hard work to pay off. The winning school will receive an impressive trophy, school banner, gift card, student certificates, medals, and guest speakers–the works!

Sweet Sixteen Contenders

The following schools are contenders for our Elite 8 and Final 4 rounds. Read more »

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