Since the passing of No Child Left Behind, Title 1 was created in efforts to improve math skill in lower performing school. The federal program is designed to help supplement math instruction in schools.
“It gives funds to school that need to help build student abilities,” said Jessica Bertschinger. “This is just a fun way to help build that.” Bertschinger is the Title 1/HAL coordinator for the Bloomfield Community School.
The Title 1 Math session is split into two parts. The first part consisted of an interactive portion that included activities in the gymnasium. Once completed, they then go to the computer lab to perform some activities.
This year the students were given a series of math problems that provided hints to access their breakout box. The breakout box had a series of locked boxes places inside of each other. The final box contained pencils and erasers for the students to keep. “It is more of an interactive, fun game.” Bertschinger explained.
The interactive portion not only teaches Mathematics, but also skills such as working with others, critical thinking and trouble shooting skills. Each grade level had an increasingly more difficult problem which provided adequate challenge.
The Title 1 Math night program is held twice a year. Upper block is held in the fall while kindergarten through third grade is held in the spring. “It is a way to get the community and parents involved and some fun activities for the kids to show the parents what they are doing.” Said Bertschinger.