Learning to Learn Math
Key Elements of Learning to Learn Math
• 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 chartsprovide (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.”
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