Frequently Asked Questions
What is Fun Factor?
Fun Factor is our hands-on math offering for the K-5 classroom tailor-made for the demands of pandemic education. It features engaging, dynamic activities for students to work either in the classroom or at home paired with live online teacher training. Fun Factor was developed in consultation with Columbia Teachers College and modeled after Bedtime Math’s popular Crazy 8s after-school club which has been proven to reduce math anxiety for elementary school-age kids.
Who can participate?
For the current 2020-21 school year, we are focusing our efforts on teachers and students in our home state of New Jersey. We are happy to make this program available for free to all NJ teachers of K-5 students.
I am a teacher outside of New Jersey. Can I still participate?
We are offering Fun Factor only to New Jersey K-5 teachers at this time. We are a small nonprofit with limited staffing and resources. We are developing plans to expand the program nationwide to elementary school teachers this fall. Please check our website for updates.
What does Fun Factor cost?
Bedtime Math is happy to offer Fun Factor free of charge for the first time to support NJ teachers and students during the pandemic. This includes free live online training and a classroom kit of materials shipped at no cost to you.
What kinds of math activities do you offer?
We offer a variety of hands-on, standards-based activities for grades K-5. All activities address key concepts that are developmentally appropriate for each grade and align with standards that enrich any math curriculum. We zero in on mathematical concepts that many kids struggle with including multiplication, division and fractions.
Why is a hands-on approach to math important?
Experiencing math through play activates parts of the brain that enable kids to solidify math concepts that they don’t always understand simply by doing worksheets. We start with the fun and roll in the math to help kids deepen their understanding and appreciation for math. This reduces anxiety and encourages life-long math exploration.
Will this count towards professional development hours?
It depends on your school district. We are more than happy to provide documentation of your attendance at any of our trainings.
How many webinars do you plan to host, and when will they be offered?
We will be offering webinars throughout the summer and fall. We are attempting to offer webinars at various times of day to accommodate people’s schedules. To view a complete list of webinars, check out our schedule.
Do I need to register for each webinar separately?
Yes, you do! Each webinar is tailored to a particular activity and grade level.
What if none of the webinars fit my schedule?
It is important to us that all teachers participate in a training webinar before receiving their materials. We’ve done our best to schedule sessions for different grades at a variety of times each day. If nothing fits your schedule, email us at email@example.com. We will do our best to accommodate you!
Can I attend a session for more than one grade level?
You may, but we’ve got you covered so you don’t need to! We encourage you to attend the session for the grade level you teach, because the teacher guide will also include “on-ramps” with below-grade-level practice for struggling students and “accelerators” at higher grade levels for kids ready for more challenge. This helps you meet the needs of all your students wherever they are.
Do I need to participate in each webinar to receive the classroom materials for that activity?
As part of our charitable gift, we do require teachers to participate in the webinar associated with each activity so they can gain a deeper understanding of the mechanics and the pedagogy behind it. We have found that bringing like-minded teachers together to connect with one another creates deeper conversations and generates ideas on how to make math fun.
What materials are included in the classroom kit?
Materials in each kit vary depending on the activity. Every kit includes a detailed teacher guide in an editable PowerPoint deck that you can use in your classroom or for remote instruction.
How do I get a classroom kit?
In order to receive a classroom kit, first attend a training webinar. Following the webinar, you will receive an email with step-by-step directions on how to order your materials and receive the teacher guide. You will also have access to a recording of the webinar you attended. Because we still are building our ordering system, you will not be contacted until August, at the earliest.
How will I distribute the materials to my students?
Whether you’re in school together or if you’re teaching remotely, we will send you a kit of materials for you to repackage individually for your students.
I am a math coach and I supervise math teachers who teach multiple grade levels. Can I receive materials for all grade levels?
Fun Factor is designed for classroom teachers to spend an hour with us and get a deeper understanding of the ideas behind the games and how they are run. We are happy to provide materials to all NJ teachers who participate in our webinars. While we encourage math coaches and supervisors to register for our webinars and spread the word, we are happy to provide these materials to participating teachers to share directly with their students.
I am a math support teacher and teach students in multiple grades. Can I receive materials for all of my students?
Fun Factor is designed for a classroom teacher for their class. If you are a math support teacher, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will do our best to accommodate you with the materials you need.
I’m a Crazy 8s coach. How are Fun Factor activities different from Crazy 8s?
While you may recognize some games from Crazy 8s, all of our Fun Factor activities are tied to K-5 standards and tailored for each grade level. They are also designed for use during the school day in a classroom of up to 30 students.