Arithmetika Work plan programmes

Ready-made work plans (The Sticky Star programme)

New for 2019. Arithmetika recognises that many teachers do not have the time to select tasks themselves, so a range of pre-set 'work plans' have been put together. A work plan is a sequence of at least ten batches of tasks with each batch having five tasks. A student is awarded a sticky bronze star for each completed batch (100% in all five tasks). Five bronze stars become one silver star.

Mental Agility

The first work plan to be assembled is designed to address the issue of mental agility. Many mathematics educators believe that student progress in mathematical understanding is hindered by poor mental arithmetic skills. This issue was addressed in the past by a good deal of rote learning and repetition. OK, that has has a bad press, but no matter how the issue is addressed, it remains an issue. All tasks in this work plan are expected to be completed without a calculator, and they are timed. For instance, one the batchtasks in the first is 20 questions from the ten times table, to be answered in two minutes. A later task will put 20 questions from the ten times table to be answered in one minute.

Benefits for students

Some students will progress rapidly. Those that don't can be monitored. For instance, if they are stuck on a particular batch the teacher can ascertain if the student needs help or just encouragement. Some will finish in a term, some might still not finish within a year. All useful feedback!

How teachers use work plans

  • You select a ready-made work plan
    • Mental agility
    • Number skills
    • Number and Algebra coming soon
    • others in the pipe line
  • You assign the work plan to one or classes
  • You select the students in the selected class(es)
  • You set your end-date etc.
  • Assign the work-plan to your students
    • Select the work plan
    • Decide whether you want students who join the class(es) later to be assigned the work plan automatically
    • Select at least one class even if it has no students yet
    • Select/deselect students in the selected class(es)
    • When you hit the 'Assign ...' button, each work plan batch will be assiged to each selected class. Students will, however, see initially the tasks in the first batch only.
  • As soon as each student completes all the tasks in each batch they are awarded a 'sticky star' of recognition and are assiged the next batch of tasks
  • Nothing else for you to do except monitor their progress and use the information to support your teaching

Example work plans and tasks