Curriculum Details for
Practitioner Expert Background
This practitioner has her master’s degree and has been a special educator working with elementary aged students for 20 years. For the past three years, she has been working at an afterschool program using KidzMath. She uses it on a daily basis, for about a half hour at a time. Students in her program are elementary school aged. Most are on free and reduced lunch, and many are English language learners.
- There are a number of standard trainings, about three hours long.
- Trainings used many different means of teaching the curriculum, including videos and practicing the games. Also gave tips on how to engage students who usually do not like math.
- Preparation is minimal, and consists of a brief weekly staff meeting where instructors use and practice the games and activities they will be using for the week.
- Guide is very clear in telling staff what they need to do. Once they are more familiar with it, they can then use a little more creativity in what they do.
- All needed materials are provided.
- Group size of 10-12 students is usually ideal, can break down into smaller groups for games.
- Students particularly enjoy the board games, activities and hands-on aspect of the program. Learning is fun and engaging for them.
- Students help each other and feel like they can make mistakes and that no one will make fun of them.
- Age-appropriate games and materials.
- Parent involvement is a key aspect of this curriculum, and parents like the curriculum. Games can easily be taught to parents so they can play at home with their children.
Adaptability to instructor needs
General skills taught
- Teacher can make activities more or less challenging.
- There are rules to follow for the KidzMath games, but not a lot of structure beyond this.
- Very adaptable to the needs of the instructor or the students.
- There are certain skills that need to be taught, but how they are taught is up to the instructor.
Addressing diverse student needs
- Demonstrates to students that learning is fun.
- Demonstrates to students that it is okay to try new things and make mistakes.
- Develops friendship skills.
- Games and activities are culturally sensitive.
- Students of all backgrounds to enjoy and benefit from the curriculum.
Strengths and Challenges
- The materials are well-organized in the kits, and are easily accessible for the students.
- Games are fun, interesting, and hands-on for the students.
- Curriculum creates a safe atmosphere for students to explore and learn math skills.
- Applies math to everyday life.
- Instructors need to have strong classroom management skills.