My classroom is full of incredible students who all learn best in different ways. Students in intervention struggle with either math or reading (or both!) and require personalized and targeted instruction that bests fit their learning styles. All of my students have been identified as the bottom 30th percentile of math learners, largely due to their disengagement with the subject. The students in my classroom come from all walks of life and many different countries! Recently, students have taken a quiz to identify their primary learning style.
Many students in the intervention classroom have had negative experiences with math their entire lives, and believe they cannot be successful in the subject, which has led to disengagement within the math classroom.
Students have many different learning needs, and traditional instructional methods do not typically work for my students. In order to increase engagement with the subject, my students need fun and interactive activities that "trick" them into learning. The intervention classroom has become a place where students can build their confidence in their skills while receiving the instructional help they need.
The Sphero Mini Robot Balls, Lego sets, and building tiles will help bring abstract thinking into a 3-dimensional reality. Math games like Mathological Liar, SET, and Life will help students engage with mathematical logic and thinking that connects to the real world. Additionally, cardstock, flashcards, and a world map can help provide support for my English Language Learners while creating a culturally inclusive classroom. I will be able to create personalized activities to best meet the different learning styles of my students to keep them engaged in the material, which is especially helpful considering students come to intervention in addition to their regular 85-minute math class.
All of these materials can provide a personalized learning space for struggling math students who need the opportunity to access the curriculum in a way that engages them with the material.
By creating a comfortable space where all types of math thinking and walks of life are honored and respected, students can feel confident in their abilities to try something new. This feeling of community within the classroom will increase students' willingness to engage with the material and try new activities.
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