Number Hive is fantastic as a homework tool for many reasons. Firstly, it is engaging and won’t feel like homework. Secondly, it is personalised and can meet them where they’re at. Thirdly, it doesn’t just encourage rote learning, but builds fluency with deep understanding of the key numeracy concepts.
Number Hive provides endless opportunities to enrich the learning for students, regardless of their prior level of understanding.
Play a game with the student and ask questions as you play.
These types of questions lead to rich discussions which fosters that deep conceptual understanding of the concepts.
Often we don’t know exactly where a student is at with their understanding. The temptation is to set an anxiety inducing timed test. This hinders progress and the crucial starting point of the relationship. This rarely gives us effective formative assessment. Pedagogically, a far better way of assessing student understanding is through observing, asking questions of students and then following these questions up to find exactly what they know and where they need to be met. Number Hive provides the perfect opportunity to find out where a student is with their understanding of multiplication. Simply play a game and observe. Are there obvious products that they avoid? Ask questions as to why they made a certain move? Ask about different factors to be avoided etc.
Number Hive is a low stakes, low risk method that encourages a positive relationship and provides a safe formative assessment experience so you know how to provide them with the optimum next step in their learning journey.
Here are some ideas on how you can scaffold the learning journey with Number Hive.