THree S's for Success
The overall goal of Math Lab is to help each student achieve success in math. Math Lab has three main objectives that I like to call the Three S's for Success:
- SUPPORT: extra time spent supporting the curriculum learned in the regular math class. This is accomplished both through Pre-Teaching (learning prerequisite skills and previewing concepts ahead of the regular math class) and Re-Teaching (spending additional time learning and practicing concepts and skills).
- SKILLS: building essential math skills and concepts. Math is a sequential subject, where each new skill or concept builds on prior knowledge. If a student has a gap in their prior learning, they may experience difficulty learning new skills in middle school. Students will review and practice skills that are essential for success in math. Additional practice and review strengthens students' math skills and builds confidence.
- SPECIALIZATION: individualized instruction targeted to each student's specific gaps and weaknesses. We are fortunate to have laptops for each student in Math Lab. Through an excellent software program called Orchard, each student's specific gaps and weaknesses are identified, and then individualized instruction and practice is provided through engaging computer activities. In addition, there is one-on-one time with the teacher to work on identified needs. Throughout the year, students periodically set individual math goals that they are working toward. We track progress toward these goals and celebrate their hard work along the way.