Seventh grade math class prepares for test with “Joker’s Wild” game

Keith Stefanek’s seventh grade math class prepares for all of its quizzes and tests with a group-based review game created by Stefanek called the “Joker’s Wild.” This competition is one of the essential rites of passage for children at MERMS.

The three pouches from which cards are drawn, as wells as the scoreboard for the Joker’s Wild, hang on seventh grade math teacher Keith Stefanek’s classroom. A single is worth 50 points, a pair is worth 100 points, and a triple is worth 200 points. Credit: Benjamin Willems for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
The three pouches from which cards are drawn, as well as the scoreboard for the Joker’s Wild, hang on seventh grade math teacher Keith Stefanek’s classroom. A single is worth 50 points, a pair is worth 100 points, and a triple is worth 200 points. Credit: Benjamin Willems for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
A student from the seventh grade math class draws a card from each pouch. The team that the student represents chooses the topic of the next problem from the three cards. If three Jokers are drawn, the team that gets the next question correct wins automatically. Credit: Benjamin Willems for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
A student from the seventh grade math class draws a card from each pouch. The team that the student represents chooses the topic of the next problem from the three cards. If three Jokers are drawn, the team that gets the next question correct wins automatically. Credit: Benjamin Willems for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
The seventh grade math class, broken up into teams, works diligently to be the first to complete the assigned math problem first. The winning team in a game of the Joker’s Wild is awarded with extra credit points on the test and a homework pass for each of its members. Credit: Benjamin Willems for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
The seventh grade math class, broken up into teams, works diligently to be the first to complete the assigned math problem. The winning team in a game of the Joker’s Wild is awarded with extra credit points on the test and a homework pass for each of its members. Credit: Benjamin Willems for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Seventh grade math teacher Keith Stefanek helps a student and her team out with a math problem. The class was studying for a test on volume, surface area, angles, and lines. Credit: Benjamin Willems for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Seventh grade math teacher Keith Stefanek helps a student and her team out with a math problem. The class was studying for a test on volume, surface area, angles, and lines. Credit: Benjamin Willems for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
A team of students comes up to the white board to work on a problem together. Once they have agreed on an answer, seventh grade math teacher Keith Stefanek comes over to check if they are correct. Credit: Benjamin Willems for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
A team of students comes up to the white board to work on a problem together. Once they have agreed on an answer, seventh grade math teacher Keith Stefanek comes over to check if they are correct. Credit: Benjamin Willems for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
The class watches as seventh grade math teacher Keith Stefanek writes down a problem on the board for the class to solve. Stefanek came up with the idea for the game from a television game show of the same name that ran during his youth. “It asked general knowledge trivia,” he said, “and I adapted it to fit my math classes.” Credit: Benjamin Willems for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
The class watches as seventh grade math teacher Keith Stefanek writes down a problem on the board for the class to solve. Stefanek came up with the idea for the game from a television game show of the same name that ran during his youth. “It asked general knowledge trivia,” he said, “and I adapted it to fit my math classes.” Credit: Benjamin Willems for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
A team of seventh-graders races to be the first to solve the chosen math problem. When asked why he uses the game in his class, seventh grade math teacher Keith Stefanek answered, “I play it with the students because it is a great way to review what we have learned. Students get to work cooperatively, and they enjoy playing the game as well.” Credit: Benjamin Willems for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
A team of seventh-graders races to be the first to solve the chosen math problem. When asked why he uses the game in his class, seventh grade math teacher Keith Stefanek answered, “I play it with the students because it is a great way to review what we have learned. Students get to work cooperatively, and they enjoy playing the game as well.” Credit: Benjamin Willems for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online

Seventh grade math teacher Keith Stefanek updates the score of the Joker’s Wild. Stefanek has been playing the game with his classes for close to ten years. “My favorite thing is watching students help each other learn and review the math concepts, while trying to win at the same time!” he said. Credit: Benjamin Willems for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Seventh grade math teacher Keith Stefanek updates the score of the Joker’s Wild. Stefanek has been playing the game with his classes for close to ten years. “My favorite thing is watching students help each other learn and review the math concepts, while trying to win at the same time!” he said. Credit: Benjamin Willems for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online

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