“Math is a language, and it’s a language everyone can understand,” Alexander F.L. Newberry told more than 125 fifth grade gifted students from the school district’s nine elementary schools on Monday. The students, their gifted teachers, and school improvement directors from the district had all gathered at Sallie Zetterower Elementary School in Statesboro for a Numberella competition.
Newberry, an educator and graduate of the University of Oxford, is based in London. He spent Monday and Tuesday in Statesboro, visiting Bulloch County Schools and the Statesboro STEAM, a local state charter school. Newberry also broadcast his international Numberella webcast from Statesboro on Monday evening.
Numberella is a board game with accompanying computer applications which helps strengthen the mathematics, logic, geography and literacy skills of children. Bulloch County Schools Gifted Services Department purchased Numberella’s learning resources last year to use in its elementary and middle school gifted QUEST classes to promote problem solving and logic skills. Dr. Casey McNeely, district school improvement director who oversees gifted services, facilitated this week’s visit, which was provided at no cost by Numberella.