Benefits for Students
Using card games to practice the mathematics that students have learned is a good strategy to use in the mathematics classroom. The ‘Dual oh’ card games give students the opportunity to see the same concept of mathematics in a variety of ways and gives the students the opportunity to practice their basic facts and mathematical content. The card games also focus on order, addition, subtraction and multiplication. ‘Dual oh’ card games also focus on essential number mathematics ideas, language of maths, ideas associated with partitioning, flexible thinking and enjoyment of mental mathematics. As students play the games they have to think mathematically, they have to justify why they should pick up the cards and communicate this knowledge to the other person they are playing with.
Benefits for Teachers and Parents
The ‘Dual oh’ card games gives teachers the opportunity to observe the students as they play the games and to ask students to prove the mathematics behind their thinking and to justify as to why they have made their decisions to pick a particular card. By observing the students the teacher can listen to different strategies used by students, observe misconceptions displayed by students and develop further explicit teaching mathematics lessons to improve the students understanding of mathematics. Teacher feedback on September 8 ,2014 “It was interesting to observe them, they were helping each other out, playing with three people, teaching each other! Very different dynamics in the room as a result of the card activity