Curriculum Details for
Camelot Learning Mathematics Intervention Curriculum
Content Expert Reviewer
Dr. Maggie Myers is a lecturer at The University of Texas and a mathematics education consultant. As a mathematics content specialist with the SEDL National Center for Quality Afterschool, she observes promising afterschool programs to identify effective practices, guides materials development for disseminating research-based supports, and conducts training. Maggie has a Ph.D. in Mathematical Statistics and extensive experiences in mathematics education, from developing educational materials for young children and their families to teaching high school through graduate-level mathematics. She was the site director for Family Math in Austin, Texas, a math coach, and the creator of materials for informal settings as well as materials for the implementation of the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills for Mathematics, the curriculum for the state of Texas. Recently, she led a writing team for revising the grades 3-5 Washington State Mathematics Standards.
- This is a math intervention curriculum with over 160 patented lesson plans, sorted into the following categories: Number Sense, Computation, Fractions and Decimals, and Geometry and Measurement.
- This review is based on a sample of the Computation curriculum for grades 1-5.
- The Computation Theme consists of 40 lessons, with a focus on topics that many students struggle with.
- Computation: mental math strategies and problem solving skills for number operations.
- Number Sense
- Fractions and Decimals
- Geometry and Measurement
- Taking turns and working together cooperatively.
- Communicating ideas to solve problems.
Alignment to Standards
- Based on the National Council for Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) guidelines, and has been correlated, but not aligned, to state content standards.
- The curriculum is correlated to expectations for a range of grade levels (in the case of Computation, grades 1-5).
- Using the Camelot Assessment Program, schools submit the results of a pre-test to Camelot, and within five days Camelot returns three types of reports: group reports with strengths from each class, individual reports for each student with strengths and areas for growth, and parent reports summarizing students’ needs.
- Post-tests are also administered following the program, with similar reports produced.
- Graded worksheets
- Class math competitions
- The curriculum is entirely scripted, with a specific sequence of lessons.
- The content is entirely defined through worksheets, vocabulary cards, etc.
- Lessons are taught through direct instruction, guided practice, and independent practice.
Addressing Diverse Student Needs
- The curriculum is highly structured and prescribed. It can be challenging to adapt the curriculum to the learning or behavioral needs of individual students.
Learning Styles Addressed
- The skills targeted by the 40 lessons cover grades 1-5, but are not grade specific.
- Content matches the general needs of students struggling in math.
- The curriculum consists of a variety of activity styles that may appeal to different learning styles.
- Movement/spatial learning: Some activities require students to sit in different formations and use body language.
- Interpersonal learning: Students work in large and small groups, so they must communicate and cooperate.
- There are a variety of activities and games that might appeal to different students.
- This curriculum doesn’t explicitly address students’ diverse backgrounds.
Strengths and Challenges
Challenges and Drawbacks
- Lesson formats may include some hands-on learning through games and activities designed for different learning styles.
- Lessons are clearly structured and easy to use.
- All materials are provided, decreasing preparation time.
- Lessons broadly cover five years’ worth of mathematical instruction and learning.
- Curriculum is structured and prescribed.
- Many of the activities found in the Computation curriculum rely heavily on worksheets and vocabulary cards.