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Camelot Learning Mathematics Intervention Curriculum

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Camelot Learning Mathematics Intervention Curriculum
Publication Date: 1998
Grade Level: 1–6
Content Focus: Math
Costs: $219 per Teacher’s Resource Guide, $54 per Student Workbook
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Developer Contact Information
Camelot Learning
518 Virginia Ave #300
Baltimore, MD, 21286
410-825-2955
www.camelotlearning.com

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Design Summary

Camelot Learning was designed specifically for afterschool, but has also been used before and during the school day.  The math curriculum includes four themes:  Number Sense, Computation, Fractions and Decimals, and Geometry and Measurement.  Camelot’s primary goals are to use alternative teaching methods to help students build their skills and confidence using games, mental math strategies, daily problem solving and test-taking skills.  The program is specifically designed to help motivate “reluctant learners.”  Overall, the curriculum is hands-on and includes physical activities that, in addition to math skills, teach listening skills and conflict resolution.  Each lesson focuses on a “daily quest” which the students will answer through completing the lesson activities and games.

Materials include a Teacher Resource Guide with lesson plans, teacher resource packets, extra games and manipulatives. Student Workbooks come in the form of a small backpack including all necessary materials for lessons and games.  If the optional assessment component is purchased, pre- and post-tests are included as well as forms for parents and for filling out individualized education plans (IEPs).

Costs and Staff Training

The cost per theme is $219 for the Teacher Resource Guide and $54 per Student Workbook.  Discounts are available for larger orders, and the company offers some assistance, such as templates for grant applications. The assessment tool costs $25 per student. Training is available but not required and costs around $500 for a 2-hour session.

Staff Qualifications

No formal teaching experience is needed to implement Camelot Learning Math.   However, some experience managing groups of students would be important.  Both practitioner and expert reviews agree, suggesting that the scripted nature of the program makes it easy to implement.

Standards Alignment

  • National: National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM), and is an SES approved program under NCLB.
  • State: None specified.

Research Base

Camelot Learning Math is based on multiple intelligence model research.  It is designed using best practices teaching students whose dominant learning style is not linguistic or logical-mathematical.

Evaluation Details

This curriculum was evaluated independently by the Baltimore County Public Schools, showing a significant increase in scores on mathematics assessments for those students in Camelot as compared to the control group.  The full report can be found here: http://www.camelotlearning.com/resources/research-based-study

Overall Strengths/Overall Challenges

Strengths
  • Lessons may include some hands-on learning, using games and activities designed for different learning styles. 
  • Lessons are clearly structured and easy to use.
  • All materials for implementing lessons are included.
  • Appears to be fun and engaging for students.
Challenges
  • Lessons broadly cover five years’ worth of mathematical instruction and learning.
  • Curriculum is structured and prescribed.


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