Family Math Night
I recently helped co-host a S’more Math Family Night event that was a hit for all involved. We started by having students and their families meet in the school's multi-purpose room, where I introduced some of the new visual models and strategies students would employ this year. After our brief chat, everyone headed off to a classroom where students led some of the Work Places currently in play.
After about 30 minutes of Work Places, everyone headed back to the multi-purpose room to enjoy some s’mores.
Here’s a sample schedule from the event:
- 5:30 – 6:00: Introductions in the Multi-Purpose Room
Goal: Parents will gain an understanding of the new Common Core State Math Standards and how Bridges in Mathematics addresses those standards.
- 6:00 – 6:30: Math Work Places
Parents and students will go to grade-level classrooms to play Work Place games together.
- 6:30 – 7:00: Return to Multi-Purpose Room
Questions & Reflections
Here are some tips for ensuring a successful and fun Family Math Night:
- Consider your population when choosing a date and time for the event. Our event was in the evening, but you could easily have a morning or noon event if it would better meet the needs of your families.
- Keep your event to less than two hours, maximum.
- Focus on specific outcomes. For S’more Math Night, our goal was to introduce families to the new math standards and the new visual models and strategies in Bridges.
- Involve students as much as possible. For example, have students teach and lead Work Place games.
- Choose a theme. Ours centered on s’mores, but you could use any number of fun themes and have a great outcome. Involving students in generating theme ideas can be a great way to get them excited about the event.
Have you hosted a Family Math Night for your families? Do you have any tips to share?
Pia Hansen is director of professional development for MLC.