OSAGE | For many generations, learning math in school was done through a textbook, paper and pencil and, if you were lucky, maybe a calculator. That is not the case in today’s 21st Century educational environment.
Since the beginning of the school year, third and fourth graders at Lincoln Elementary have been taking a slightly different approach to learning math skills through a computer program called ST Math.
ST (Spatial-Temporal) Math uses interactive, graphically-animated games that visually represent math concepts which help students to improve their conceptual understanding and problem-solving skills.
“It’s another way to help our students learn,” said Osage Schools Superintendent Barb Schwamman. “Students learn differently and this is another way to help our students achieve.”
Schwamman had used the program at her previous school district and saw great success with student achievement in math.
Over the summer, she suggested the program first be implemented in the third and fourth grade classes with math teachers Matt Gast and Jenn Ham learning the program and how to best implement it with their students.
“It works great with our 1:1 initiative,” said Gast, “since ST Math is done completely on iPads and Chromebooks. It has a video game structure which makes it both fun and challenging for all students.”
“The games are hard and make you think,” said fourth grader Ariana Keefe. “I’m learning how to group numbers to get to a total number.”
Fourth grader Logan Mitchell added, “It makes it a fun way to learn.”
"It gives you two chances to get the answer right," said Jerek Mostek. “I’m learning how to divide.”
“It’s helped me to learn how to divide,” said Erika Peck.
“ST Math is also aligned with the Common Core,” said Ham. “It is also a nice change of pace in the classroom. Instead of all pencil and paper learning, it gives the students a more hands-on and individualized approach to learning mathematical concepts.”