How to join the Family Multiplication Study
0 - Read the Family Study Manifesto
1 - Join the FMS email group. This is how you will receive study news and announcements. You can set the email frequency options for the group here: http://groups.google.com/group/multiplicationstudy/subscribe
2 - Register at the Natural Math web site.
3 - Answer these introductory questions about your family:
- What kind of math and math-related ideas came up in your family life in the last year or two?
- How does the study help - particular goals or achievements you want to reach, experiences you want to have, support you hope to find?
- What's important to know about you: styles, intelligences, order and chaos, personalities, quirks, ages and stages?
- __________ <--Your question here!
0 - General description. Active study participants conduct one multiplication activity a run, and report it to the group. There are four ways to select activities: browse the list of all activities; follow your recommendations; request a new activity designed for your family; design an activity by yourself. A run takes a week and consists of two parts. We plan, select activities and design activities Friday through Monday, and conduct and report on activities Monday through Friday.
1 - Select an activity for each run by Monday. You will probably be selecting activities after reading their descriptions. To select, leave a comment on the activity's page with "My choice this week" tag.
2 - On your study front page you can find your activity recommendations. You need to be logged in to see them. There you can also subscribe to receive news of other people's activities in the study.
3 - If you want an activity designed for your family, start a topic on the FMS email group (message email@example.com) describing your needs and desires, or maybe the general activity idea you want developed in detail.
4 - To design an activity, copy the new activity template and click the "Write a new article" link to create your activity's description. You can base activities on existing media: games, books, videos, internet sites and so on. However, the activity description and all supporting materials have to be free. For example, we can include a video from Youtube explaining how to fold a snowflake, but we can't rely on a commercially available DVD for our main activity instructions. We can recommend commercial media in addition to activity descriptions, though. For example, we can describe a game and then mention the wonderful book that inspired the idea.
5 - Conduct your selected activity and report on how it went, by Friday. To report, leave a comment on the activity's page with "My experience" tag. You can upload your pictures there, or insert pictures you store somewhere on the web. You can also embed videos or widgets. Pictures and videos are fun! Your report can be as short or as long as you want.
6 - Ask other study participants for help! If you are stuck, the activity does not work, you need more resources or experience any other kind of difficulty, ask for help in the mailing group (message firstname.lastname@example.org). We love you and we will support you.
Study participants who do not report on any activities for four weeks or more are considered Casual. You don't have to inform anyone if you decide to move to that status, unless you want to share ideas on what would work better for your family (message email@example.com for that). You are always welcome back to the Active status: to do so, simply participate in a weekly run, as usual. If you want to stop receiving email messages from the FMS group, select "No Email" option on this page: http://groups.google.com/group/multiplicationstudy/subscribe I expect the majority of people to participate actively for several weeks to several months, then move on to other math topics, and return to the study when they need "next level" multiplication activities.