Frequently Asked Questions
What is Fun Factor?
Fun Factor is Bedtime Math Foundation's groundbreaking math offering for the K-5 classroom. It features engaging, hands-on activities that help students experience math in a whole new way, paired with live, online teacher training.
Developed in consultation with Columbia Teachers College, Fun Factor’s dynamic, social activities give kids the thrill of victory as they master important concepts. Math instruction doesn’t have to be tedious to be worthwhile. It’s time to re-imagine math class, and re-ignite kids’ love of learning.
Who may participate?
Any US public elementary or accredited private school serving grades K-5 may bring Fun Factor to its school community. For a flat fee, our professional development specialists will train all educators in the school who provide direct math instruction: teachers, math coaches, supervisors, etc.
What does Fun Factor cost?
For the 2021-22 school year, Bedtime Math Foundation will charge a nominal fee for Fun Factor PD, based on the approximate size of faculty responsible for math instruction. We will continue to subsidize the bulk of the cost of providing Fun Factor training.
Teachers who complete Fun Factor professional development sessions will receive all digital and physical classroom materials at no additional cost.
What kinds of math activities do your PD sessions demonstrate?
Fun Factor PD sessions feature a variety of dynamic, standards-based activities for grades K-5. All activities address key grade-specific concepts, yet are designed to serve all students in the class, with variations that incorporate above- and below-grade level skills. We zero in on mathematical operations and concepts that many kids struggle with including place value, multiplication, division, fractions and fluency with factors.
Why is a hands-on approach to math important?
Experiencing math through play activates regions of the brain that enable students to solidify math concepts that they don’t always grasp from worksheets. We start with the fun and roll in the math to help kids deepen their understanding and appreciation for math. It has been shown that math anxiety impedes learning. Hands-on play can reduce math anxiety, empowering students to achieve.
How many PD sessions does Fun Factor involve?
We strongly recommend at least six hours of PD for a given grade band (K-2 and 3-5), but can adjust this number based on key skills your school wants to prioritize. We will work with you to select content targeting your student populations’ needs, and can offer guidance on how to incorporate our activities into any math curriculum.
What classroom materials do you provide?
For each PD session they attend, teachers will receive high-quality hands-on materials for every student in the class. In addition, they will receive detailed Teacher Guides and editable “Classtime Slides” to use in the classroom. Hands-on student materials vary from activity to activity, but may include items such as wax sticks, glowsticks, and color handouts on paper or cardstock.
How many days of instruction does a Fun Factor activity cover?
Each Fun Factor activity explores one or more skills in progressively more challenging layers, enabling the teacher to give students as much or as little time as they need to master each concept. Lessons can be covered over a few days or spread out over a couple of weeks, and can even be tailored to small groups with different timelines. Materials also can be brought home to continue the learning.
How does the school request classroom materials?
Teachers who attend a given PD session are eligible to order the physical materials and instructions for the activities covered. Following the session, Bedtime Math Foundation will email the teachers who attended with information to order. Our warehouse will consolidate orders from the same school to simplify shipping. Teachers can order at any time up to the end of the school-year contract.
How long will it take for teachers to receive materials?
After a request is placed, teachers can expect the materials to arrive within 2-3 weeks, barring any shipping delays.
Is shipping included?
Yes, Bedtime Math will absorb the cost of shipping.
I coach a Crazy 8s after-school club. How is Fun Factor different from Crazy 8s?
Crazy 8s’ focus is purely recreational, while Fun Factor is an innovative new way to teach and learn math in the classroom.
Fun Factor’s hands-on activities are tightly aligned to grade-level standards and are designed to complement a wide range of elementary math curricula. The activities involve much more rigor than most Crazy 8s games, and are geared towards small-group differentiated instruction, in contrast to the larger club environment. This is why intensive PD is required. As a result, while you may recognize a couple of names from Crazy 8s, Fun Factor activities are a distinct offering.