mathsticks Points

mathsticks pointsSpring 2014 - Time Limited Upgrade: 50 points each time you refer a new user to the site.

(Ends April 30th)
 

The mathsticks points system is there to help encourage all our users to contribute to the mathsticks site.

When you first register you receive 20 'Welcome Points', and further points are gained by participating in the site:

  • 2 points* for each comment you make.
    So, the next time you use one of the mathstick maths resources, tell us about it.Sharing ideas has always been good... now there's even more of a 'point' to it!
  • 1 point* for voting on other members comments
  • If other members think your comment is useful they may vote for it (give it a 'thumbs up); this will earn you an additional 5 points.
  • I also often give away an arbitrary (but useful) number of points for particularly helpful comments.
     
  • 50 points** each time you refer a new user to the site.
    Go to your Your Account page, and you will see a short web address (it will look something like: http://www.mathsticks.com/referral/xxxxxxx), give this address to your colleagues, copy it into an email, or add it to Facebook (or whatever)... When your colleague uses this specific address to register with mathsticks, they will earn 10 points for you.
  • 10 points* for every new user that you invite to the site and a further 40 points** when they accept the invitation! 
    Use the Invite a friend link near the end of the top navigtation bar.

mathstick badges are also displayed on any comments you make - these are related to the number of points you have; see mathstick Members Rank for more details of this.

 

IMPORTANT POINT

Of course, we can't all just accumulate points pointlessly -- we can spend some of them!

Points are used (deducted) for each file you download; 1 point per file.

Simple maths example:

You join, download five resources, write three comments and refer two friends
(20 points  -  5)  +  6 points  +  20 points      = 41 points

* - Points were increased to this level in October 2011 

 

FAQs

What's the point of the points?
To encourage active participation (comments and referrals), and to discourage mass downloading of all the resources.

Do the points have any monetary value?
No.

Will there be a prize for the person with the highest number of points?
We gave away some special resources in December 2010... and may do something similar at a later date - keep watching the site!

What if I want to download something but I've run out of points?
You'll have to do something to earn yourself a couple of points... harsh, I know!

Won't people just add nonsense comments just to get lots of points?
Maybe some will - but all comments are moderated and only the meaningful and useful ones will be added to the system (and therefore generate points)

Why doesn't the comment I've written show on the page?
Firstly, thank you for your comment. Secondly, all comments are read and moderated by Admin (see above) before they will be posted... give it a few hours (or, if Admin is busy, a day or two).

I've just downloaded a resource - why hasn't my points total changed?
This is automated so should happen instantly. However, at busy periods the points total on the main web pages will only be updated every few minutes or so. The points on your Your Account page, are updated more frequently - if you want to see the total more quickly you can log out and log back in again... but it's probably easier to wait. ;-)

You can add further questions, or make general comments about this idea, below...

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saradawn's picture

Inspiring resources

I've been teaching KS2 for many years, but moved to KS1 last year and have taken ages to make resources that were accessible as well as fun. I was recommended your website recently whilst on a Year 2 course and can't believe the amount that is available here! They all look so well made, I can't wait to start using them with my maths group. I only wish I had known about this much earlier - might have saved a lot of headaches! Many thanks.
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johdu's picture

saradawn, Thank you for the

saradawn, Thank you for the great feedback. Good to hear that the maths resources here are proving so useful... good news like that is always very welcome. Things have been a little quiet on the site for the last few weeks - but I have many new resources ready to publish for after Easter. Keep calling back! John
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newfarmernow's picture

Mental as anything!

Have been using the +- game with my whole class first up in the mornings for a while now. It has been great to get those little brains firing and especially fun when we do tricky numbers! Thanks.
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newfarmernow's picture

Mental as anything!

Have been using the +- game with my whole class first up in the mornings for a while now. It has been great to get those little brains firing and especially fun when we do tricky numbers! Thanks.
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misslawra's picture

Where to start?!

Have just joined and already have so many new ideas, games and activities to use with my class. I'm always on the hunt for ways to extend the ones who finish first and interesting ways to grab the attention of those who struggle a bit. Thank you so much!
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johdu's picture

Thanks for the great comment.

Thanks for the great comment. Good to hear the ideas here are supporting your work.

Cheers, John

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pebbles21's picture

HELP!

TRIED TO DOWNLOAD, THEY HAVE DISAPPEARED! WHAT AM I DOING WRONG AS NOW ONLY HAVE 16 POINTS LEFT AND NOTHING TO SHOW FOR IT!!
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johdu's picture

pebbles21, Sorry it has taken

pebbles21,

Sorry it has taken me a while to get to your message. I'm not sure what the issue is here. If you post further information using the *Feedback* link on the right that would be helpful. What exactly isn't working? Do downloads not appear? Which browser? Any specific resources? Please let me know and I will try to help.

I have boosted your 'points' so you can try to download again without worrying they will run out.

Thanks,

John

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dharmabum's picture

Thank you for the resources :)

We've just returned to homeschooling our 3rd grader for math and language arts, and I especially want her resources to be responsive to her interests. I found this site because of your 4x4 sudoku grids that use graphics instead of numbers. As a long-time teacher of young children and adults, I have created many of my own resources and know how much time and effort can go into making tools that are as visually appealing as they are content based. Nice work and thanks for creating an open community!
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npsteach's picture

Stumbling back through

As a NQT, I am trying to find ideas for homework, an extension/independent box or just games to make the maths lessons enjoyable and accessible. I stumbled onto Matchsticks months ago and didn't do much. Now I am back and considering leveling up to plus+
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millieharrison's picture

Do it! I've just renewed my

Do it! I've just renewed my membership plus, it'excellent and well worth it.
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millieharrison's picture

Do it! I've just renewed my

Do it! I've just renewed my membership plus, it'excellent and well worth it.
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millieharrison's picture

Do it! I've just renewed my

Do it! I've just renewed my membership plus, it'excellent and well worth it.
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johdu's picture

npsteach, Welcome back! Good

npsteach,

Welcome back! Good to hear you like the resources here... and you have returned at a very good time - I have some new additions planned for early in the new year... additions that include more maths ideas for parents to use at home - and homework suggestions for teachers.

How's that for timing?

John

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johdu's picture

npsteach, Welcome back! Good

npsteach,

Welcome back! Good to hear you like the resources here... and you have returned at a very good time - I have some new additions planned for early in the new year... additions that include more maths ideas for parents to use at home - and homework suggestions for teachers.

How's that for timing?

John

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J Footer's picture

What a great idea!!

I am always on the lookout for fun maths ideas.  Bumped into this site and love the points idea.  It feels like a group of friends sharing ideas and things that work. Cant wait to download a few bits.
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In a sieve's picture

Fabulous resources!

I am always on the look-out for new maths ideas and these are really attractive and friendly-looking. This website seems to be just the ticket!
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michelle peters's picture

Wonderful surprise!

I also found this site by accident when searching for games for my Year Two class in Switzerland. I love the ideas and, as Maths coordinator, will be recommending the site to my colleagues.
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Rotterdam1982's picture

Lookds good

Looks good.
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vicky1967's picture

thanks

juat joined, looking for resources for intervention group.  I think I have come to the right place.  Thank you 
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johdu's picture

Great to have you

Great to have you 'onboard'... I hope we live up to your expectations and that you find the material here useful. If you have suggestions for other resources - or want to share some of your own - please contact us at any time.

Thanks.

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charris's picture

New to the site

I too have just found the site after seeing the web address on some super resources at school last term. Am looking forward to seeing what I can use. I love a good practical maths game. As for the points system.. we all know what points make!!!!!!
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johdu's picture

charris, Great to have you

charris,

Great to have you 'on board'. Very good to hear you like the maths resources here - especially since you were drawn here by seeing them in action. That's great. Thanks for your feedback.

John

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GeorgiaM's picture

This looks great :)

I found this site while looking for resources to use with my year 6 maths students, and this site looks brilliant! Thanks for it :)
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Jake31's picture

New U ser

 I'm looking for exciting resources after a break from teaching to have a family. Already I have found excellent ideas to use with children across key stage 2 in my supply teaching. Thank you!
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johdu's picture

That's great news - good to

That's great news - good to have you 'on board'. So pleased to know you have found some useful maths resources here. Thanks for the feedback.

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Dean miller's picture

Newbie

 I came across this site by accident whilst searching for games that would reinforce basic skills. Thank you for some great ideas and resources. I will certainly be spreading the word!  
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gill.boyes's picture

Just found you!

I've been searching for maths games like this for a very long time and, happily, came across your site. I'm delighted with the high quality resources and can't wait to start using them. It will save hours of my own time!
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johdu's picture

gill, Great to have you 'on

gill,

Great to have you 'on board'. It's good to hear that you think our maths resources are of high quality - it's what we strive for all of the time. So, thank you!

Also, really great to hear that you finally found us!

Please help others to find us too by telling them where we are...

John

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johdu's picture

gill, Great to have you 'on

gill,

Great to have you 'on board'. It's good to hear that you think our maths resources are of high quality - it's what we strive for all of the time. So, thank you!

Also, really great to hear that you finally found us!

Please help others to find us too by telling them where we are...

John

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