Math support - Mr. Fischer
The primary goal of the math interventionist is to provide math assistance to K - 6 students needing tier two support in math. Students are identified as needing tier two supports following the multi-tiered system of support (MTSS) guidelines and Newbury Elementary Support Team (NEST) recommendations. While this is the primary goal, the interventionist also provides guidance to other students and supports teachers in their efforts to provide a strong math curriculum. The focus is to develop a student centered system of intervention that is effective in keeping students engaged in mathematics and close achievement gaps. By differentiating instruction for those students that need additional support we believe that all students are able to master grade level standards and curriculum.
The shift to Common Core State Standards has changed the approach to teaching mathematics. Teachers are working to improve upon the math program by aligning instruction with the standards and emphasizing critical thinking skills that are a necessary part of everyday life. Incorporating math into project based learning and using real world math problems are other strategies used to get students engaged and taking ownership of their math learning.
This approach encourages students to develop computational fluency, apply math in context, wrestle with concepts, persist, clearly communicate their strategies, and defend their solutions. To that end, N.E.S. is working to integrate math problem solving with technology and project-based learning. Also, more tools are now available to assess student understanding and target instruction to address identified needs. Aside from using the PNOA (Primary Number and Operations Assessment) for K-2 students we are now assessing math skills for grades 3-6 three times a year based on common core standards. There is much that can be done to build a strong conceptual foundation, even when understanding doesn't come easily.
Parent and Student Online Resources (Please click on the italicized link. Check back often, as the links continue to be updated.)
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Math Games and Activities: