Math Intervention Strategies
If you are like most teachers, you have a room full of eager learners who struggle at different math concepts. How do you implement math intervention strategies that fulfill the needs of each of those students and still keep your sanity?
Creating a differentiated learning plan for each of your kids can seem overwhelming. The trick is providing instruction of new concepts as a whole group and then focusing the core of your practice on the skills and concepts that each student struggles with. Maybe they aren’t struggling. Maybe you need to enrich their math education. Either way, it’s still a very daunting task to find what will meet each of their needs.
In this series I will discuss some of the things I like to incorporate into my 3rd/4th grade blended classroom.
Other posts include:
- Moby Max and NWEA MAPS Reports
- Classroom Math Intervention Strategies
- Digital Resources for Math Interventions
Ideas for Math Intervention
- Games for Practice – This one is easy and there are loads of resources. You can use iPad/Table apps that your students thing are “just fun” but they are really reinforcing math concepts and fact fluency. You have added a math intervention and they thing you are giving them technology time. Card games where you play multiplication war, or guess the factors while players hold up cards on their foreheads. Studies show that talking and being social actually cement concepts in your brain. What better way than a game of cards or dice!
- Technology – I must admit this is one of my top choices. It saves my sanity in so many areas (not just math interventions!). I use Moby Max, but you can use any of the latest programs that are meant to follow Common Core standards and fill in your students learning gaps. Other options would be Front Row, Smartick, etc.
- Task Cards – These are my second choice. I love creating task cards for my students to use at centers, small groups, or a SCOOT game. I have taken the time to dig through all my NWEA reports for each student to determine what levels they should be practicing at and then created task cards that meet each of the RIT bands for my 3rd and 4th graders skills. The added bonus is that these are also Common Core standards so I am providing individualized practice, math intervention strategies, and meeting my curriculum. You can also print these as game cards or individual packets for students to take home for practice. More in another blog post soon!
- Spiral Practice – Finding ways to implement practice of concepts that my students have already mastered, or that they are right on the edge of mastering, and then adding in new concepts so they can tie it all together is a great way to increase their math skills. I use my NWEA Math Intervention Digital Slides for this. I can assign them to each student at their level in Google Classroom and then assess their growth based on concepts that they answer well or concepts that they seem to struggle with.
Using reports like NWEA or Moby Max to find each students gaps and needs has been a great way for me to determine which math intervention strategies I should use and then what content works best to help fill those gaps.
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What are your best strategies for math interventions. Feel free to share in the comments below 🙂