Math instruction has changed substantially over the last few decades.
Instructional approaches are conceptual based and are very difficult to understand unless you are familiar with the strategies yourself. The conceptual aspects of more recent curriculums require a solid understanding of math foundations. We help make learning math accessible and engaging. We work to build solid foundations to increase math success and confidence.
Some strategies we use to support learning are:
- Utilize hands-on approaches to help students conceptualize math. If they understand math concepts and what they actually mean, they are able to apply their knowledge more successfully. Think about it, memorization is remembering information but if a child has a conceptual understanding of something, they are able to apply their knowledge in a variety of ways.
- We use visuals and images to help teach math concepts. Graphics and visual tools help support the understanding of math concepts. They can also be used as a reference tool for learners to help remember formulas and see visual representations of concepts.
- No matter what age or grade a student is at, we support them with their current skill level. As math progresses and concepts become more difficult, gaps in a child’s learning become evident. If a child misses mastering a concept in the early stages of math, the impact will show itself eventually. We work to help ensure mastery of skills so as skills progress, students are able to remain on par with grade level.
- We work with students to help explain their thinking in math. It is one thing to “know” the formula but it is more advanced to be able to explain their thinking and the logic in why they completed a problem in that way. It requires an enhanced understanding of concepts and is a component of many standardized assessments.
- We support students to understand and solve mathematical problems that involve language. Language is heavily used in today’s math curriculums and it is important to teach students how to access and understand the language involved in math problems. This starts with simple things like understanding the operation in a single step word problem and leads into higher end concepts in more abstract problem solving.