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Ridgeland Students Mastering Math

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Students are having fun while honing their math skills, right answers equal points and the more points you have the higher your school is ranked and out of 58 schools in the state--Ridgeland Elementary is ranked fifth! Students have solved 2.8 million problems since the beginning of the year and they are moving full-speed ahead to be "First in Math"

Students at Ridgeland Elementary have caught a bug, the learning bug, thanks to the online education tool "First in Math."

"There's all sorts of things you can do, you can do fractions, multiplication, addition, subtraction, division, there's alls orts of things, word problems, almost everything," said student Michael Carmichael.

For every three questions they get right they earn a point and everyone is trying to be the top dog and educators couldn't be happier with the enthusiasm kids have for this competition.

"It excites them it motivates them, it gets them involved, they're excited to share what they're learning. And it ties right back in to their math instruction in the classroom. We're seeing improved math scores, we're able to see our children solving bigger problems, and they're able to solve more problems," said principal Robert Candillo.

And the more problems you solve--the more points you receive and those points are serving as a learning motivator.

"Earning points is difficult but I'm just trying and trying and getting better," said Shakilah Frazier.

Motivational signs are up around the school encouraging students to log online and earn those points, while also honing their math skills.

Students like Nyashia Mouzon say first math helps a lot..

"Like division I don't get, but when I did it on this, it helped me," said Nyashia Mouzon.

"One of the things we know is that any time you play a sport, whether it be basketball or tennis, or you're learning to play an instrument, like the piano, practice makes perfect, and we know that the deep math practice they are getting from this will result in better math achievement," said Candillo.

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