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Math, Motivation, and Our Online World
Posted on Aug 27, 2020
  • John Woodward
Tags
  • Math Intervention
  • Remote Learning
Math, Motivation, and Our Online World

The downside of asking students to solve challenging math problems is that if the teacher doesn’t do a good job introducing the problem and then scaffolding when appropriate, students can end up more discouraged about their learning than empowered as problem solvers. Failure only reinforces what students already think about themselves and the subject matter.

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It’s Not Too Early to Prepare: Top 5 Ways to Beat the Summer Slide
Posted on Apr 11, 2019
  • Therese Pickett
Tags
  • Math Intervention
  • Reading Intervention
  • summer
It’s Not Too Early to Prepare: Top 5 Ways to Beat the Summer Slide

Research has shown a pattern of summer learning loss, particularly among low-income youths. Lack of access to high-quality summer learning programs negatively impacts the academic achievement, health, and social development of children, particularly in high-poverty communities. Students in middle- and higher-income households still lose an average of one to two months of learning each summer. So, what can educators do to lessen or eliminate summer slide?

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A Race Against Time: Making the Most of Every Minute in Math Class
Posted on Apr 4, 2019
  • Voyager Sopris Learning
Tags
  • Math
  • Math Intervention
A Race Against Time: Making the Most of Every Minute in Math Class

For classroom teachers, time is the most precious resource. Every choice we make is an opportunity cost. If we spend five minutes reviewing homework, then we didn’t spend five minutes teaching new content. This blog will review strategies to help maximize instructional time. Although these ideas could be used across subjects, I’m specifically using math examples.

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Much More than a Law: Using ESSA to Guide Intervention Program Decisions
Posted on Jan 9, 2019
  • Voyager Sopris Learning
Tags
  • ESSA
  • Math Intervention
  • Reading Intervention
Much More than a Law: Using ESSA to Guide Intervention Program Decisions

For educators, the most important task and often the most challenging, is to ensure every student succeeds to the very best of her/his ability. Understanding that, educators recognize the importance of offering quality instruction, best practices, and instructional materials that have been shown to achieve the outcomes required for that student population. It is incumbent upon decision makers to select from among those instructional materials that already offer evidence of those outcomes.

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What if All Students Were Proficient in Mathematics?
Posted on Nov 1, 2018
  • John Woodward
Tags
  • Algebra
  • Math
  • Math Intervention
What if All Students Were Proficient in Mathematics?

There is a common tendency today to link higher math standards for our students with the kind of achievement we see in other countries. A complementary thread is to link high standards in math to the broad trends in our ever-changing, information economy. By implication, we need to ensure all students are proficient in this discipline.

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The Confidence Factor in Learning Math
Posted on Apr 5, 2018
  • Mary Stroh
Tags
  • Math
  • Math Intervention
  • Struggling Students
The Confidence Factor in Learning Math

In the early days of research as a co-author of Voyager Sopris Learning’s TransMath, I spent a lot of time observing struggling math students in the classroom. I soon discovered these students had much more than a deficit in math content knowledge. They also had lost all confidence in their ability to learn math.

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