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Speed Squares is a box containing 80 color coded 2 in. by 2 in. rounded gaming cards that replace all flash cards. The 80 cards have graphics on both sides and have multiple uses. All of the "how to's" are at www.speedsquares.org and the "how to's" are free! The cards are high quality made by the same manufactures who create gaming cards in retail stores. These are currently being used from PreK (with supervision) through Middle School. (Anywhere students are struggling or need a challenge with number sense and fact fluency.)
Easy to differentiate for the learner who is struggling and the learner who needs a challenge.
Students can move at their own pace.
Uses Research Based Practices
Promotes gaming instead of memorization.
Emphasizes Goal Setting and Accoutability
Focuses on Coach and Player Relationships
The teacher demonstrates and the students to the play!
Easy to copy a video link and send home for parent reinforcement.
Kids love them!
Parents see them work and are amazed!
Teachers can't believe it when they see them work!
I am Jeremy Cole the creator and inventor of Speed Squares "Our Cards are Flippin' AWESOME!" 2 years ago I discovered a major problem in the classroom: Students were struggling with different areas with their fact fluency while other students were in need of a challenge. I tried using web based programs and software, but it just gave random facts with no strategies. This left my kids unmotivated and not wanting to get on the computer. (And don't forget the cost $)
I tried making flash cards for all of my students to meet their needs. I used index cards and even tried some publishing programs or websites. That was a huge waste of time! Imagine the classroom management nightmare...
I also tried purchasing enough flashcards to meet all of the needs of my students. That was expensive and later I found out:
1) Flashcards do not work...check the research!,
2) Not all facts were in the decks that were purchased....That explains why students have gaps!,
and 3) Flashcards are quickly becoming a seasonal item sold when students are going back to school.
Frustrated, I said to myself, "Why can't someone make one deck of gaming cards that will do it all?" So I set out on my 2 years of adventure, making mistakes, discovering lots about math, and putting in sweat and some tears. The result...Speed Squares "Our Cards are Flippin' AWESOME!"
Speed Squares is affordable for both teachers and parents, of high quality, and there is support at www.speedsquares.org. I am also just an e-mail away.
The Speed Squares are based on 3 research based practices: incremental rehearsal, folding in, and spiral review. Using all 3 is a winning combination to helping students master strategies and fact fluency. The thing that is best about Speed Squares is that you can show the kids how to use them, and they are gaming, setting goals, and motivated about math facts.
I have already sold hundreds of decks online, at special events, through staff developments, and thought I would try Teachers Pay Teachers. The reviews and responses I get from everyone are spectacular.
Be sure to try a deck of Speed Squares "Our Cards are Flippin' AWESOME!"