Motivation in math, or the concept of motivational math is a rare concept indeed! There are very few children that really want to practice math. Children often think math is hard. They see math as a chore; boring, frustrating or just plain lame?. There are no flashing lights in math, no action figures or warrior games – all of which are provided in abundance by video games and television.

But motivation for math is still possible. And teaching motivation in math is what GoldStudent does. GoldStudent does not provide flashing lights and action figures in their math program. What GoldStudent does provide is a program that not only gives students motivation for math, it also delivers a program that will have students motivated and confident and actually practicing math on an ongoing basis. Hard to believe but true; motivation in math is possible!

When watching a child play a video game, do you ever marvel at their ability to concentrate and their attention to detail? Those same concentration and attention to detail qualities are what help children excel in math, and what GoldStudent taps into to keep motivating kids to flex their math power.

At GoldStudent, we feel that the kind of attention and concentration that is needed to do math exercises should be rewarded, and that progress and success in studying math should carry a proportional reward. As a result, GoldStudent has developed a point system to reward success and progress (aka; motivation in math) through the curriculum developed for each student.

Here’s how GoldStudent’s motivation in math works: Students earn points for completing math worksheets and for passing topic and chapter tests. The more math work that a student accomplishes (or the more math motivation that a student displays), the more points they earn. More points are also earned for higher performance; the higher percentage of math problems a student gets correct, the more points they accumulate. Students can constantly track on the GoldStudent website exactly how many points they have accumulated, and they’ll see how their point total grows as they make progress. Talk about creating a motivation for math!

The points are a reward in and of themselves, but GoldStudent also provides the ability for students to **redeem points for prizes**. GoldStudent offers a range of prizes for which students can exchange the points they have earned in order to receive the prizes of their choosing. Larger prizes are redeemed for more points, smaller prizes for fewer points. Available prizes range from multicolor pens and stickers, to bracelets, earrings, Game Boy & trade games to Itunes gift certificates. Parents have the ability to choose which prizes their children are permitted to exchange points for, and all prizes are shipped care of the parents name, so that parents can review all redeemed prizes before giving them to their children.

Motivation in math is possible. As parents ourselves, we know it can be tough to get children to practice math. But when it comes motivating your children to work on their math skills, turn to GoldStudent for help.

on May 2, 2010 at 4:18 pm |shana donohueGo to a party and tell people you “can’t do math” and you’ll probably get a few “I can’t do math, either!” and maybe even a few high-fives. It’s like some sort of sick club. Go to that same party and exclaim, :I can’t read” and you certainly won’t get any high-fives.

I created a tool for kids to help them with the most confusing concept- negative numbers- that they face. Even my 11th grade students stumble on negative numbers more often than not. When you stumble, you’re not having fun, and when you’re not having fun, you’re likely to go find something else to do. I want kids to feel successful.

I hope you check out my blog, and my tool, at http://zerosumruler.wordpress.com . I’d love your feedback.