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Camelot Learning Mathematics Intervention Curriculum

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Practitioner Expert Background

This practitioner, an educator for ten years, has used Camelot Learning Math in a before and afterschool program as well as doing the school day.  She has used the math curriculum for four years.  In her work, she has touched on all math themes, but has had the most experience with the Computation theme.  She has used it with groups of middle school aged students who were often of different ages and abilities.

Logistics

Training
  • Attended a brief initial training.
  • Scripted lesson guides made it easy to implement.
  • Customer service was excellent and assistance was easily accessible by phone or email.
Set-up/preparation
  • Preparation time is very brief, maybe 10 minutes. 
  • Student workbooks come with materials already sorted and ready for use.

Student Engagement

  • Students love Camelot and are energetic to use it.
  • Draws in students who are not usually excited about learning.
  • Students find manipulatives and games particularly enjoyable.
  • Lessons are written such that the instructor is constantly in conversation with students and encouraging them to share their opinions.

Content

Adaptability to instructor needs
  • Camelot is very flexible, can be either a stand-alone curriculum or a supplement to a broader program.
  • Can easily break students up into smaller groups or pairs when using the curriculum.
  • Students practice skills through the use of games.
  •  Curriculum will review more basic math skills in later lessons.  These refreshers help ensure that skills and knowledge are retained. 
 General skills taught
  • Often older students are paired with younger students to help teach them skills and activities. 
  • Students may be divided into teams to play math games that teach teamwork and communication.
  • Appears to build social skills and self-esteem.
  • Students seem to be more confident in their abilities as learners, and often are more likely to participate in class.
Addressing diverse student needs
  • Content of curriculum can make any child feel proud and included.
  • Activity-based learning appeals to a range of student backgrounds.
  • Effective with students who struggle with doing math worksheets or sitting in front of the computer.

Strengths and Challenges

Strengths
  • All materials for implementing lessons are included.
  • Students have fun and are engaged.
  • Scripted and easy to use.
Challenges
  • This practitioner didn’t find Camelot to have any challenges or weaknesses.


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