Teacher Teamwork Puts This Florida School On Track to Complete 2 Million Problems

Posted by MobyMax on Aug 7, 2017 10:29:00 AM

There’s an old African proverb that says, “If you want to go fast, go alone. But if you want to go far, go together.” Deciding they wanted to go far, the teachers at McKitrick Elementary in Florida have banded together to ensure they meet perhaps the most ambitious goal they’ve ever set: answer two million MobyMax problems correctly in one school year. 

Why MobyMax?

MobyMax has been a big hit at McKitrick since teachers first started using it almost four years ago. Third Grade teacher, Monica Contreras, and her fellow teachers particularly appreciated how the curriculum empowers students to advance at their own pace and level, often fulfilling Moby’s promise to help kids learn twice as fast. They progressed dramatically with Moby, embracing both school-year and summer learning contests (read more here).

“I love this program because it is a safe, reliable, beneficial, and fun option for students to use in the classroom and at home,” says Contreras. “One of the major advantages of using MobyMax is the ease of differentiation. During MobyMax time, students can build on skills they still need to practice that may be below the grade level material we are covering in class, or they may accelerate into above-level content. Each subject area begins with a placement test that places a student at an appropriate level and builds on that knowledge.”

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Math Really Can Be Fun: Victory Tunnels, Theme Songs, and MobyMax

Posted by MobyMax on May 23, 2017 3:08:55 PM

MobyMax’s Amy Weiss was thrilled to see Florida elementary school teacher Trisha Quattrocchi tweeting to celebrate her students’ impressive achievement: 100% mastery of 5th grade math. What could be the secret to her class’s success? Here’s how Trisha explained it herself:

Trisha:

I am a 5th grade math teacher at Lake Magdalene Elementary School. None of my students are in AGP, but they are a seriously dedicated group of learners. Our focus is on mastering 5th grade standards, and boy, do we celebrate when we do!

We start out the year with a pretty classic testing process: in September, the students took their county formative tests and a MobyMax placement test. I used the formative test results to assign specific lessons in MobyMax.

Every six weeks since then, I have had students take another MobyMax placement test to see where they’d improved and if they’d mastered standards they previously missed. I also use the test results to create mini groups and assign leveled “exit tickets” using both Kahoot and paper quizzes.

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“MobyMax made my teacher heart swell with joy” as student effort and enthusiasm soared

Posted by MobyMax on Apr 10, 2017 3:46:51 PM

Testing season is upon us. How do you prepare students in a way that ignites their internal fire to learn, accelerates their learning rate… and makes you so happy, you could burst?

Moby contests!

Recently, we helped teachers prepare students for state achievement tests by challenging them to compete in a MobyMax Math and Language classroom contest. In Moby Math, students master key topics like place value, operations, proportional relationships, expressions and equations, and probability. In the Moby Language Module, students conquer parts of speech, verb tenses, punctuation, new vocabulary, and more. Both modules align with Common Core standards, so they fit seamlessly into most schools’ educational objectives and requirements.

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MobyMax Bulletin Board Makes Mastering Facts Fun

Posted by MobyMax on Mar 9, 2017 3:30:00 PM

There’s nothing we love more than a tweet from a principal about her teachers’ success using MobyMax! 

Recently, Rebecca Norwood, principal of Decker Elementary in Pomona, CA, tweeted her praise for special education teacher Kristi Brewer. Ms. Brewer is using MobyMax bulletin boards to help boost her students’ success in building fact fluency and mastering operations.

We checked in with Ms. Brewer to find out how she’s used MobyMax bulletin boards so successfully with her students. 

“Let me start by saying how much I love MobyMax!!!,” she said. “It has been such a great addition to my classroom.”

Ms. Brewer also loves the way her classroom MobyMax board inspires her students to achieve.

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Want to Triple Your Students’ Motivation to Learn? Here’s the Secret.

Posted by MobyMax on Feb 7, 2017 3:23:43 PM

What inspires kids to come in early, work without complaining, and exceed both your expectations and theirs?

Contests!!

Last week, we challenged teachers and students to compete in a MobyMax classroom contest featuring the MobyMax Language module. This comprehensive module teaches students key skills tied to the Common Core language standards. By working in the module, students learn to master parts of speech, verb tenses, punctuation, and new vocabulary, all of which improve their writing.

Though teachers customized their contests to fit their classrooms, they all had one thing in common: they made practicing grammar
fun, competitive, and cool. Some kids were motivated by the opportunity to win a prize. Others wanted to win just for glory. Still others were driven by the chance to rank among the top 3 on their classroom leaderboard. Students who normally don’t participate or do their homework were coming in before school hoping to work on Moby before class even started.

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The Bubbly Blonde Teacher gives MobyMax 5 stars!

Posted by MobyMax on Jan 16, 2017 4:20:40 PM

Last month, the popular blogger Bubbly Blonde Teacher shared her story of discovering MobyMax. Her story is like many in our teacher reviews; she started a job in a school that was “failing,” according to state guidelines.

She began the year knowing she had a lot of gaps to fill. She needed independent work that allowed students to be successful, wouldn’t take much pre-teaching, and would hold students’ attention. She needed a program that would reteach as needed and provide her with data to support small and whole group teaching.

The answer… MobyMax!

Read her full review to see why MobyMax is “a win for any classroom!"

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“I'm loving my students' motivation… teacher dreams do come true!”

Posted by MobyMax on Dec 20, 2016 9:30:39 AM

Last week, we challenged teachers to have their students compete in a MobyMax Fact Fluency classroom contest. We wanted to make sure teachers were aware of this simple but exciting way to motivate students to master math facts.

Teachers easily learned how to use Moby’s contest module to set up their classroom contest in less than 2 minutes. Teachers could also decide what rewards and incentives to put in place in their own classroom. Thousands of teachers participated! One big take-away? A little competition makes a big difference!! 

Why were the contests such a hit? Here’s how some of the teachers explained it.

Today when my kids found out that kids teachers in other states won yesterday, they were first of all SHOCKED that kids across the nation were participating. They thought it was super cool that there are kids at different age levels and cities and states using this as well, and our small chat turned into a spur-of-the-moment geography lesson! It was great! :) It made them want to try even harder and do their best on their facts today! This morning my top student has 4,018 seconds and a score of 90 points. He's excited to see his points growing as well as his confidence!” ~ Kayleen Renee Durant, Griffin School

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The perfect lessons for Thanksgiving

Posted by MobyMax on Nov 11, 2016 11:00:00 AM

While MobyMax has 21 modules, you and your students will love the Social Studies lessons on Thanksgiving. Your students can take these lessons on their own, or you can use the lessons on your smartboard or projector for the entire class.
 
Here is a partial list of some of the lessons that cover the Thanksgiving holiday:
Grade 1     Customs
Grade 2     National Holidays
Grade 2     Traditions: Connecting with the Past
Grade 3     European Explorers and Settlers
Grade 3     Cultural Holidays and Celebrations     
Grade 4     European Exploration and Colonization            
Grade 4     History of the Southeast, Part I            
Grade 5     The Pilgrims and the Puritans

Here’s a quick look at the lessons that are just right for the holiday:

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“MobyMax makes life as a teacher a little easier”

Posted by MobyMax on Oct 27, 2016 3:49:47 PM

This week, we challenged teachers to have their students test out MobyMax Science and Social Studies.  MobyMax Science takes advantage of our proprietary Touch Curriculum™ technology by using more than 20,000 cognitive skill manipulatives to deepen students’ mastery of science concepts. MobyMax Social Studies lessons also use cognitive skill manipulatives to push students to think critically about history, geography, government, and economics.

MobyMax Science and Social Studies 2.pngWe were thrilled to hear from over 1,000 teachers about the progress their students were making using these two tools! Here's what teachers had to say:

“My top 3 students blew me away. I teach 5th grade special education in a resource room. My top three students completed, respectively, 32 problems with 89% accuracy overall, 28 problems with 92% accuracy, and 28 problems with 92% accuracy...Moby has been a true blessing...Thanks for the awesome technology! Makes life as a teacher a little easier.” ~ Ashley Nicole, National Road Elementary School

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How one 4th grade teacher uses MobyMax to find and fix missing skills

Posted by MobyMax on Sep 22, 2016 4:14:04 PM

When learning gaps go unrecognized and unaddressed, students fall farther and farther behind. Learning gaps create problems for teachers, too, because they can be so time consuming to identify, address, and fix.

Unless, of course, you’re using MobyMax. That’s what Jen Lindquist, a Moby Champion an outstanding 4th grade teacher from Kane Area Elementary in Kane, PA, discovered. Here’s her inspiring story.

Fourth grade teacher Jen Lindquist started using MobyMax a few years ago while she was still teaching sixth grade. Even though she had to pay for it herself, she thought it would be a valuable tool to help teach her students English/ Language Arts. And it was, for a few key reasons.

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