Math Games will build and strengthen number sense, math fluency, math vocabulary, and problem-solving strategies. Students who need to master basic number sense skills, those who rely on procedural understanding (steps to do a problem) without a conceptual understanding (why you do the problem-solving steps and how to problem solve) would benefit the most from this program. Also, students who do not remember the steps in problem-solving or have trouble with math facts would benefit greatly from Math Games!
- Level 1 – Basic Operations – offers addition, subtraction, multiplication, division and how to learn math facts fast.
- Level 2 – Math involving fractions, decimals, percent, and review of multiplication facts.
Why are the class sizes so small?
Classes through teachers from the Thinking and Learning Center are kept small in order to facilitate a true cooperative learning environment with an educational therapy format. The classes are individualized according to the needs of the students. Each activity has multiple levels and the teacher gives each child an appropriate level.
What is educational therapy?
Educational therapy is an individualized approach to intervention with a student who has learning struggles and disabilities. The therapist looks at the cognitive functions a child struggles with and through targeted activites, build the areas of struggle improving cognitive performance. The Thinking and Learning Center uses a discovery model of learning where students discover or realize a fact instead of being told facts. It’s a hands on approach to education.
How is it different from tutoring?
Tutoring is form of reteaching or breaking down learning into smaller steps to help someone who struggles. Educational therapy goes beyond that, looking at learning in a three part process: 1. Information gathering, 2. Thinking through information, 3. Delivering or expressing the information. This shows exactly where the breakdown occurs and what thought processes are used or underutilized while also looking at the output and if there is breakdown in delivering the information learned. Socratic questioning helps the teacher discover these breakdowns and guides the student through overcoming. Each game or activity uses different cognitive functions and has different levels. The classes are formatted as a cooperative environment where students see how other kids process the information and discuss how we think through games and questions. Students quickly learn that sometimes they see the information the same as another student and when they don’t it’s a learning experience. The classroom is a safe place to discuss how they think through information. The end result helps students to see how they learn and through the discussions they learn how to learn.
Math Class Games are taught by Kelley Godwin, who teaches Level 1 Phonics and Amy Vickrey who teaches Level II Phonics and American Sign Language. Check out our Catalog for other course, clubs, Academic Advising and more!