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Math is Cool!

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Practitioner Expert Background

This practitioner has been an afterschool program coordinator for the past eleven years, and started using the Math is Cool kit about three years ago. Her program includes students who are 5-12 years old. She uses it informally on a regular basis to supplement her existing program.  Many of her students are low-income and from Latino backgrounds.

Logistics

1.    Training
  • Training was useful.
  • Training covered general facts about math, not as much how to implement them.
2.    Set-up/preparation
  • Preparation time was minimal, mostly just chose an activity or added materials.
  • Can be used as both a large group activity, with 24 students, or in small groups of four to five students. Activities can be adapted to most any size, but works better in a small group.

Student Engagement

  • Students enjoyed that something new was added into the classroom.
  • Games and activities that introduced the math topics were fun, challenging, and helped them learn.
  • Content was appropriate for the targeted age group.

Content

Adaptability to instructor needs
  • Adaptability depends on how the curriculum is presented; depends on the creativity of the students and instructor to make it adaptable.
  • For example, games and math books are included with the kit, but practitioner has to do own research to take the curriculum further.
General skills taught
  • Could easily be used to teach non-academic skills, such as social skills.
  • Teaches fine motor skills.
Addressing diverse student needs
  • Some games and activities were representative of different cultures.

Strengths and Challenges

Strengths
  • Based on great ideas with great potential.
  • The trainers and representatives from the company were inviting and friendly.
Challenges
  • This practitioner found no major challenges with the curriculum.


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