Mathematics instruction occurs in small homogenous groups of students at an appropriate instructional level. Some of our students are strong in math while others are challenged by this subject. Using multisensory teaching methods, teachers move students through the Concrete-Representational-Abstract (CRA) sequence to develop solid foundational skills. Students practice math facts in many ways, including using the computer, in order to increase fluency. Learning algorithms and correct format for solving computational problems is important. The goal of math is to be able to apply these facts and algorithms to real-life problems. Therefore, students use various methods to understand and solve word problems.
Our teachers understand the language of math and how this use of language impacts many of our students. Terms such as “greater than” and “less than” are quite confusing to students with language-based learning disabilities. Direct instruction in the language as well as strategy development help our students learn these terms and how to apply them in order to solve problems.
Depending on the math level and learning needs, students may use strategies such as TouchMath, singing songs to support memory for math facts, walking a number line, using manipulatives to solve equations in Hands-On Equations, or referring to their math journal for help with concepts. Calculators are used to support problem-solving activities.