Try This to Promote Fact Fluency at Your School!
Reflex Math…I LOVE IT! Kids LOVE it! In case you aren’t familiar with Reflex, it is a computer program that web based and helps students learn their math facts. The computer program is like a video game so it is very engaging to kids. I wrote more about Reflex math here. I am always trying to think of ways to encourage students to be a little more competitive about learning their facts, so I host a contest every quarter. We just finished our first Reflex contest a few weeks ago. While the contest was going on, I created a bulletin board with the students who were in 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place weekly. I also announced these students every week. When the contest was over, I posted the students photographs on the bulletin board with their names.
I also posted the students’ fluency certificates on the wall beside the bulletin board.
When students earn a certificate, they get to pick out a prize. A teacher at my school met one of the representatives from Reflex at a conference this summer and the representative gave her lots of free prizes. The kids especially love the fake tattoos.
In case you don’t have Reflex at your school and you would like to try it out, they offer grants to teachers to try it out for free for 12 months.