How to Build Math-Motivated Students

math motivation, Imagine MathSomewhere right now, a student is struggling with math. But is their struggle productive or pointless? The answer depends on one thing: motivation.

The fact is, it takes patience and perseverance to build any skill, such as phonological awareness for budding readers or math fluency for budding mathematicians.

But when students are motivated to keep going, they’re on a sure path to mastery–even in the middle of setbacks and failure.

What Motivates Math Learning?

It’s a given that no two students are alike. Clearly, what motivates one may not work for another.

Moreover, each student needs a variety of problem-solving skills. In math–as in life–there may be more than one “right” answer. Given the complexity of this process, what motivators are best? Read more »


6 Everyday Examples of Math in the Real World

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If you look hard enough, you’ll see math emerge from some of the most unlikely places. The fact is, we all use math in everyday applications whether we’re aware of it or not.

Mathematics is the universal language of our environment, helping mankind explain and create within it for thousands of years. From playing games to playing music, math is vital to helping students fine tune their creativity and turn their dreams into reality.

When am I ever going to use this?

Variations of this question have echoed through the halls of math classrooms everywhere. Struggling students often become frustrated with complex math problems and quickly give in to the notion that they will never use math in “real life” situations.

While it may be true that some of the more abstract mathematical concepts rarely come into play, the underlying skills developed in high school math classrooms resonate throughout a student’s lifetime and often resurface to help solve various real-world or work-related problems–sometimes years down the line. Read more »


Another Slice of Pi: Announcing Our Pi Day Winners

Our Imagine Math students are always game for sharing their learning successes with us. So, when we asked schools across the country to share their 2017 Pi Day celebrations with us, we weren’t disappointed!

Here are the winning Imagine Math classrooms and the creative ways they celebrated the biggest math day of the year.

Thompson Elementary – Carrollton-Farmers Branch ISD (TX)

In Ms. Crump’s first block (homeroom) and second block classes, students created Pi Day posters that showcased the creative side of pi. Thanks for the inspiration!

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Henderson Middle School – Vance County Public Schools (NC)

At Henderson, Mr. Banaag’s students made Pi Day into a week-long celebration, including Read more »


Show Your Pi Day Power

Imagine Math pi day logo You don’t have to be a math geek to love Pi Day (March 14)–but it helps!

Like many others throughout the world, the Imagine Learning family celebrates Pi Day with pie, from blueberry to lemon chiffon–the more flavors, the better. But eating a slice of pie is only one time-honored tradition on Pi Day.

Fun ‘Pi Day’ Facts

How much do you really know about Pi Day? Test your knowledge with a few fun facts: Read more »


Hello, Sweet 16: March MATH Madness is Underway

MX3, Imagine Math, March, MATH Madness, contestNow that March has blown in, which schools have passed more math lessons than all the rest? Read on to see who made the Sweet 16 in our annual Imagine Math MX3 contest!

Before our contenders can advance, they must compete in a new math challenge each week during March. Who will have what it takes to advance in our MATH Madness competition–or win it all? As past winners can attest, it takes an entire school to win the MX3 contest, now in its tenth year.

But expect all the hard work to pay off. The winning school will receive an impressive trophy, school banner, gift card, student certificates, medals, and guest speakers–the works!

Sweet Sixteen Contenders

The following schools are contenders for our Elite 8 and Final 4 rounds. Read more »