MathCity: When?

I get this question all the time: when will there be a mathcity? What should it be? Should it do the difficult areas such as fractions and the concepts of multiplication and divisionn? Should it be a practice site that helps with math facts which is the big rote memorization of elementary school where the students need to get a high level of fluency and automaticity with math.

There are other design questions such as how integrated with SpellingCity? Should it use a common login and mechanism for student provisioning and reports?  Should assignments for the two sites be harmonized?

I’m very interested in the question of how gamified it should be.  Should the gamification be:

– just inside the learning activities a la SpellingCity. Their activities have game-like elements including in many cases a high score table structure

– something broader so that students are earning flying pigs (like Waggle) or money (like sokikom) or bananas (which one was that?).

Beyond gamification, I’ve thought of having some over arching content themes in there. Examples:

– we could frequently use a bicycle and do distance and problems with it.  Big potential: I like the idea of a bicycle stem theme running throughout
 there could also be a cooking theme since cooking is common to every household and surely, a revival of interest in cooking is due to save us from the increasing power of Ubereats and other conveniences

There could also be class vs class gamification and school vs school gamification



Free Education Resources Directory

Here is a free directory of educational resources that will be constantly updated.  Use it and share it freely.  Below is the code so that you can embed this in your school website or your blog.

NOTE – Because my blog is set up so narrow, I had to change the 600 pixels in the horizontal setting to about 480 to make it fit…
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Math Vocabulary Words

Math is not really about arithmetic, it’s about concepts, ideas, and analytical thinking. A habit of mind.  It’s funny how important vocabulary turns out to be in capturing the key math concepts.  This is why I was so pleased when I found this library of great math vocabulary terms.  And they’re free! Enjoy.

Kindergarten Math Words
1st Grade Math Words
2nd Grade Math Words
3rd Grade Math Words
4th Grade Math Words
5th Grade Math Words
6th Grade Math Words
7th Grade Math Words
8th Grade Math Words
High School Math Words

The Plan for, the sister site to the very popular, also seeks to be provide a useful tool.  The key is targeting really big needs, a great interface, and pricing  so that all teachers, parents, and students can afford it.

The site’s mission is to be the primary supplementary resource for resolving some frequent stumbling blocks on the road to math mastery.  The target areas:

  • Math Facts. These need to be memorized and we will provide a great set of multimedia tools for mastering and checking mastery.
  • Fractions.  Principles of math learning sciences will be applied providing clear imagery, hands-on activities, plenty of practice, and reinforcement
  • Telling Time.  More than ever, children seem to have trouble learning to tell time.
  • Probability and Chance. Causality and correlation. Come on people, lets learn it!

Stay tuned.  To get the latest information, subscribe to this site or sign up for We’ll certainly announce it there when is ready to rock and roll!

PS. The videos collected on this site are just interesting math materials that caught my eye on YouTube. They are not representative of our direction.

john aka the Mayor

Math and the real world

I believe in math education the same way that I believe that children should read. If they can’t think quantitatively and logically about themselves and their world, they can’t understand very much.

I see daily examples of how math is part of my daily work and understanding of the world. I routinely see a convergence between common sense, basic arithmetic, and probability and statistics.  For instance,

If I run the red light, probably nothing will happen.  But if I run the red light every day for two weeks, I’ll probably get in an accident. And I run it every day for year, I’ll probably get in a lot of accidents.

This is both common sense and basic statistics.

This site is dedicated to much better math education. It’s driven by the same vision as those people making SpellingCity (what a hit!). We support math games. For the moment, we are in development and we are populating this site with some fun math games and math videos. Enjoy.