Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Mental Strategies

The Salt Lake Tribune (April 13, 2009) ran an article entitled: Students build empires to learn math Education. Teacher creates game that offers pupils real world problems and decisions by Lisa Schencker.

A Utah teacher, Scott Laidlaw, encourages students to focus on solving problems using mental strategies rather than paper and pencil using a game called Empire created by the teacher. It's a way to teach math, Laidlaw said, that keeps students interested by showing them real world applications.

Fourth-grader Carson Luke said Empire makes math interesting. He said he hopes to one day build his empire, Constitution, to the point where he can start conquering his enemies. "At my old school, we just did worksheets and tests," Luke said. "In this game, it's much more hands-on."

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