I'm linking up with Joanne at Head Over Heels for Teaching to share one thing that still motivates my kiddos at this time of year...ipads.
When the school year started I had an iphone and would allow the kids to use my phone to scan QR codes in our math centers. Some of the kids had their own ipods and ipads so I started allowing them to bring them into school. We made a deal, they could bring it into school if it was stored on my desk during the day (so I could monitor them.) They also had to play only "Mrs. Hunter approved games," and they needed to put them away as soon as I said it was time to clean up. In January, my principal had extra money that needed to be spent so she bought ipads for faculty that wanted them (one for each teacher to use in the classroom) and a student set that we could sign out from the computer lab.
This week I've signed them out each day to use during math time. My kiddos and I are working on reviewing for our end of the year math test. I spend the first 15-20 min. of math reviewing key concepts, the students then work on an independent practice page (while I work with my lower kids who need more support.) When the students finish they are allowed to play a math game on the ipads. They play quietly and are focused the entire time. It is wonderful because it really gives me time to work with my low kids that need more of a review.
Sorry for the super long post! Hope some of those math games inspire your students or your own kiddos! What do you do to motivate your students to practice math skills and facts?