Curriculum Details for
Moving with Math
Practitioner Expert Background
Two practitioners reviewed this curriculum. One practitioner worked for 28 years, first as a math teacher, then for the past five years as the county-wide director of instructional programs. About six years ago, they added Moving With Math as the math component to their Summer Academy program. They use it in middle school with grades 3-7th. Students are generally middle class and from different racial backgrounds. They also used Moving with Math in afterschool during the school year in conjunction with their core program, about a few days a week. The other practitioner has been teaching for many years and she became responsible about nine years ago for planning mathematics activities for summer school elementary teachers, and she decided to start using Moving With Math. She has used it during the summer school and afterschool programs, with students who are of primarily African American backgrounds.
- Training is led by company representatives, can be accommodated to the needs of the school or district, and can range from three hours to a full day.
- Attended a formal training.
- Both practitioners have been extremely pleased with the company’s customer service.
- Preparation generally takes about 10 or 15 minutes per lesson. The pacing calendar is easy to use and breaks down the curriculum clearly.
- Maximum group size of 15 is ideal.
- Computers and internet access are needed for pre- and post-tests.
- Students particularly enjoy the active component of the curriculum, such as games.
- Direct instruction with manipulatives, begins with the concrete and then moves to the abstract.
- Students feel successful, and often say they like math when going through the program.
- Content is age-appropriate and topics are well-tailored for each grade level.
- Significant parent component included.
- The built-in assessments help students get feedback about their improvement and what specific skills to focus on.
Adaptability to instructor needs
General skills taught
- Room for instructors’ creativity.
- Very scripted program, but offers extra questions and different ways of teaching that can be helpful for instructors.
Addressing diverse student needs
- Teaches math skills based on standards.
- Encourages social skills such as sharing, team work, etc.
- Reinforcement and repetition of basic concepts is particularly effective.
- Teacher can group students by ability level.
- The teacher’s guide offers suggestions and activities that touch on the needs of all learning styles. Many different components.
- Materials are available in Spanish.
Strengths and Challenges
- Day-by-day lessons plans are clearly laid out and easy for the teachers to use.
- Research based.
- Repetition of skills and concepts is done in an effective way.
- Games and manipulatives are particularly engaging for students.
- Assessment technology produces detailed reports about the strengths and weaknesses of each student.
- Neither practitioner found any major challenges with this curriculum.