Learning to Learn Math

Key Elements of Learning to Learn Math

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**Aligned to state standards:**LTL Math meets state standards in grades 6-11.•

**Math-verbal translation:**Given clear models, students learn to create and solve their own math problems and translate their math into words.•

**Frequent word problems**provide contextual understanding of math procedures;•

**Student-centered, workbook-based**curriculum: The teacher serves as facilitator, not lecturer;•

**Mastery-based:**Students move to the next skill set only after completing a given skill set with 100% accuracy;•

**Self-paced:**Students work at their own pace;•

**Student Mentors:**Students who accurately complete their work early serve as Student Mentors to other students.•

**Precursor math skills**from earlier grades help students achieve 100% accuracy – even for students with a long history of math failure;•

**100% wall charts**provide (1) effective reinforcement of on-task behavior and (2) daily formative evaluation data on each student's progress. Each time a student completes a skill set with 100% accuracy, the 100% is posted on a wall chart. As one teacher said, "Once I put the first 100% up, everyone else rushed to get their recognition."