SEATTLE—June 7, 2016— March Madness may have wrapped up months ago, but the big competition for more than a million students around the country, TenMarks Math Madness, just ended. Today Amazon Education announced the nine teams of students who are the winners of the fifth annual competition of student math skills. These victorious classes joined tens of thousands of others from around the country that spent this spring solving millions of math questions with more than 84 percent accuracy as they competed to win great prizes, while demonstrating how much fun learning math can really be.
Classes joined the competition in one of three categories: grades 1-4, grades 5-7 and grade 8, Geometry and Algebra 1-2 or Integrated Math 1-3.
This year’s grand prize winning teams are:
- Grades 1-4: “Ecker 15-16,” Teacher Dustin Ecker, Grassy Creek Elementary School, Indianapolis
- Grades 5-7: “Genius,” Teacher Kennan Goodman, Southwest Middle School, Charlotte, North Carolina
- Grade 8, Geometry and Algebra 1-2 or Integrated Math 1-3: “3/4 PARCC Review,” Teacher Shannon Wood Rothenberg, Swigert-McAuliffe International Ece-8 School, Denver
Grand prize winners receive a full classroom set of 30 Amazon Fire HD 10 Tablets.
Teacher of the grades 1-4 grand prize winning team, Dustin Ecker, said competing in TenMarks Math Madness encouraged his students to collaborate and even use their math skills to calculate what it would take to win the competition. “I saw my kids really try to work as a team to climb to the top, become even more intrinsically motivated, and take ownership of their data. They knew they had to have a huge week to win it all and we sat down and calculated each of the top weeks for each of the most competitive classes, determined a class goal for our final week, and what those other classes would have to have for the final week in order to beat us.”
TenMarks Math Madness helped spark an interest and excitement about math for students in grades 5-7 grand prize winner Kennan Goodman’s class. He said, “Many of my students were low performing students that often expressed to me that they were not smart enough to become great at math. Math Madness helped to build up their confidence, and enabled them to own their learning as they tracked their updated progress and growth statistics in a fun and unique way.”
Second-place winners are:
- Grade 1-4: “Miss Fularz Second Grade,” Teacher Kim Fularz, Clyde C. Hadden Elementary School, Painesville, Ohio
- Grade 5-7: “Mrs. Trochil’s All Star Team,” Teacher Lyn Trohi, Brener Elementary, Shawano, Wisconsin
- Grade 8, Geometry and Algebra 1-2 or Integrated Math 1-3: “Period 7,” Teacher Elizabeth Haniff, Lauderdale Lakes Middle School, Lauderdale Lakes, Florida
Second-place winners receive a set of 15 Amazon Fire 10 Tablets.
Third-place honors go to:
- Grades 1-4: “Kanefsky’s Kiddos,” Teacher Jennifer Kanefsky, Everglades Elementary School, Weston, Florida
- Grades 5-7: “2015/2016 FLAG 6,” Teacher Gagik Galfayan, Thomas Jefferson Elementary, Glendale, California
- Grade 8, Geometry and Algebra 1-2 or Integrated Math 1-3: “Algebra 2H,” Teacher Elizabeth Haniff, Lauderdale Lakes Middle School, Lauderdale Lakes, Florida
Third-place winners receive a $500 Amazon.com gift card.
“Amazon Education and the team at TenMarks congratulates all of the students and teachers who participated in this year’s Math Madness competition and, of course, our winners deserve a special round of applause for their accomplishments,” said Rohit Agarwal, General Manager of Amazon K-12 Education. “It is so exciting to see more than a million students around the country come together in teams to compete–in math! They see the possibilities that building strong math skills can mean for them in school and in their lives.”
The goal of TenMarks Math Madness is to get kids excited about math. The competition took place in the midst of an initiative that Amazon Education is involved with called “With Math I Can.” Developed in collaboration with a coalition of non-profit education and education technology organizations, this national initiative challenges the nation’s more than three million teachers and their students to take a pledge to replace the notion of “I’m not good at math” with “I am working to get better at math” by embracing a “growth mindset,” the belief that abilities and intelligence can be developed, which leads to an increased focus on the process of learning rather than the outcome. More than 230,000 teachers and students have taken the pledge and the number grows everyday.
TenMarks Math won the 2015 CODiE Award for Best Math Instructional Solution. Its math programs have been used by millions of students across more than 55,000 schools and 12,000 districts. Each day, students across the country use TenMarks to improve their math skills and confidence. TenMarks believes that students learn best when they are individually engaged, nurtured, and motivated. To learn more, visit www.tenmarks.com.
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