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Albert boys and girls club

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Albert’s Insomnia is an affordable, award winning math game, for 1 or more players, ages 6-99! Kids and adults both have a great time playing, even with each other! - See more at: http://albertsinsomnia.com/about/

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Albert boys and girls club

  1. 1. 1) Make learning and teaching math fun and effective 2) Do creative, valuable even open ended fundraising 4) Have fun, all rolled into one simple plan! Hello, I am Albert. I like to find simple solutions to big problems. Please let me show you how to: 3) Engage students and support from your community
  2. 2. Everyone knows math skills build on each other so a systemic problem like this must be seriously addressed at the foundation. Did you know: 1) only 26% of high school graduates are proficient in 12th grade math today 2) studies report the best predictor for a 12th grade student’s math success is how well that student did in the 3rd grade?
  3. 3. 3rd Grade Educators are properly focused on the foundation, math fact fluency, just as they have been for decades. Today’s educators are better qualified, better paid, and better trained with improved techniques, high tech equipment, etc. So what has substantively changed in today’s classrooms that is causing this decline in math?
  4. 4. Median SAT scores peaked in 1964 in the USA. Back then, I, and many others like me, had sticks, rocks, and dirt to play with and lived in a house with one black and white tube TV with 3 channels and no remote. If we were lucky, we had an hour of cartoons on Saturday morning before our parents woke up. Our classrooms were one of our most engaging environments! Fast Forward 50 years, math scores are still declining. Now students have toys we could not have imagined back then, and they live in a big screen, Hi-Def, Big screen, 3D, surround sound, remote controlled, smart phone, on- demand, instant gratification, fast food, supra- normal-stimuli video gaming world. Classrooms are likely not their most engaging environments! The traditional ways math facts were taught are no longer effectively engaging most of today’s students. Lower Relative Engagement Levels
  5. 5. A Helpful Engagement Analogy BLACKSMITHS = EDUCATORS METALS = STUDENTS’ BRAINS TEMPERATURE OF THE FIRE = ENGAGEMENT LEVEL Metals are easily reshaped only when the fire is hot enough. Otherwise, the metals retain their shape and the blacksmiths only have a sore arm to show for all their efforts. Kid’s brains today are complex, high tech alloys requiring a fusion-like reactor to generate the necessary heat to make the gray matter “flow.” When I was a kid, all it took was the warm glow of a campfire to keep us engaged.
  6. 6. AUTOMATICITY: 1) is when the math facts become permanently “stored” in long term memory. Here, the facts can be instantly recalled, instead of repeatedly “solving” the same problems in the valuable and limited working memory* part of the brain. *Advanced math requires the working memory be “available” for processing higher concepts while integrating smoothly with the math facts that should be stored in long term memory. 2) allows The “simple” decisions take place in the background …... so the “driver” can focus on other more important tasks. Lower relative engagement levels in the classrooms have resulted in a decline in AUTOMATICITY. What is Automaticity and what role does it play throughout every student’s math career?
  7. 7. Almost every teacher, even college professors, tell us, ”My students do not know their math facts.” How can one teacher possibly engage dozens of today’s students to automate something as mundane as learning math facts? Let me tell you about my good friend, Kathy Spruiell, and what she has accomplished. She is one of the best elementary math coaches, teachers and trainers in the country, diligently working on this very problem. Is this “Mission Impossible”? No!
  8. 8. Kathy Spruiell uses the “Albert’s Insomnia” not so secret formula to help solve this big problem. Is now available in many formats: • card games • classroom kits • home school kits • an interactive story book • a mobile app • an on line ERP (Electronic Resource Program) with built -in layers of assessment for students and teachers. (Higher Scores) + (Games kids love) = “Albert’s Insomnia” ***The Results are in*** Last year, Kathy used Albert’s Insomnia to increase the average number of students exceeding the state standard in her school’s 3rd, 4th, and 5th grades by 33% playing for 15 minutes/day 3-4x/week! *Data from GADOE Press release. “Albert’s Insomnia:” • Plays like a game students WANT to play. • Is “Differentiated” and “Automatically tiers instruction;” meaning, the game play starts off easy to engage students of all abilities, even the most math reluctant students!
  9. 9. Spelling Bees! Did You Know? • On their 100th anniversary, in 1925, the “Scripps National Spelling Bees” were established and are still going strong today. • Since the advent of “Spell Check technology,” participation has doubled in these competitions. • These competitions are very popular with schools, students, parents , and sponsors. • The finals are in the 24/7 news cycle every year. Even though Spelling Bees: do not have a significant impact on standardized test scores do not offer differentiation for all student ability
  10. 10. News Flash: We just got a report in stating: “23% increase in computational proficiency using Albert’s Insomnia in just two weeks!” Today, the news is full of stories about educators continuing to struggle with math as seen in the Atlanta Journal Constitution’s article “Educators: Address kid’s math struggle” by Rose French on the front page June 28, 2014. How can you be the Hero?
  11. 11. Create an “Albert’s Insomnia Challenge” modeled after spelling bees. This is as simple as 1 2 3 ! Many schools already have a math night. Plan your “finals” to coordinate with math night or another scheduled event so sponsors can participate and be part of the fun and make your event a BIG DEAL! 1) Make learning and teaching math fun and effective. 2) Do creative, valuable even open ended fundraising. 3) Engage students and support from your community.
  12. 12. Try my game for free today! If you can make it up to level 7 of the “Free Challenges” ladder, the value of “Albert’s Insomnia” is intuitively obvious to the casual observer! You can register yourself and play the “Free Challenge” ladder at; http://game-albertinsomnia.rhcloud.com/ See how well YOU can do!
  13. 13. Albert’s Insomnia A Game You Can Count On! For a demonstration or more product information please contact: Richard John Buchner III 3732 Galdway Dr. Snellville, GA 30039 Ph. 678-787-4524 Email rjb3games@gmail.com www.albertsinsomnia.com “Albert is a proven winner. He will be a winner for you too!” The best piece of “exercise” equipment is…… the one you will use. there's no thrill in easy sailing when the skies are clear and blue, there's no joy in merely doing things which any one can do. but there is some satisfaction that is mighty sweet to take, when you reach a destination that you never thought you'd make... anonymous

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