Some Tips and Tricks for using Math
Blaster software in the Classroom
many times I'm asked, "Adrian, what software would you recommend for Mathematics
which I reply, "Look I know it is only drill software, but the kids really
get into Math Blaster." I then go on to explain some of the tips I
use in the classroom to maximize learning.
Discuss and demonstrate how ineffective counting on fingers is. NB point out that
it is an excellent strategy, it is just really slow.
2. Discuss & practice
mental strategies that lead to automacy (See it. Say it!) e.g. in Addition - Doubles,
Doubles plus One, Doubles plus Two, Facts to 10
3. Have them work in pairs
on the computer and discuss strategies as they play the game.
4. Use an egg
timer set to half the session time so each gets a turn on the mouse.
they are playing an appropriate level. Often they will fire it up at Addition
Level One while you are not looking. "Challenge Yourself to Work at the Edge
of Your Learning!"
6. Make sure they are playing full missions and not
just practice mode to shoot the rocks.
Talk to them about strategies you would use if you were playing the game.
Play the game on a data projector and discuss efficient strategies as a class.
Have one child play the game and the other on a calculator and see who gets the
answers first. This can be used to show that the mind is more efficient than the
calculator in some situations.