Our math specialists support students of all ages from preschool through graduate school. We focus on developing conceptual understanding, logical reasoning, and problem solving strategies along with strong number sense, mental math skills, and mathematical reasonableness. We tailor instruction to the meet the needs of all learners and all ages, including students with learning disabilities and math anxiety.
We help students achieve success by choosing appropriate materials and considering an individual’s learning style. For younger learners, we typically find success by first introducing concepts concretely, then progressing to pictorial representations, and finally moving into the abstract representation of math problems. We may employ a similar sequence for older learners if they encounter conceptual challenges in more advanced math.
Our Math Specialists often conduct comprehensive math diagnostic assessments at the beginning of our work together in order to fully assess a student’s performance level. We use these types of diagnostic tools when addressing both remediation and acceleration in order to develop an appropriate and targeted instructional plan.
For students in grades preK through 6, these diagnostics are typically conducted 1:1 over two or three sessions and a detailed narrative report is prepared for each family which outlines recommendations. For students in grades 7 through 12, these diagnostics are typically administered using paper and pencil tests with a combination of multiple-choice questions and written responses. Again, a detailed narrative report is prepared for each family which outlines recommendations.
Our diagnostic tools for all students, preK through 12, are aligned with the Common Core State Standards and utilize materials and research from known math experts, including Kathy Richardson, Marilyn Burns, and Dr. John A. Van de Walle.
Our faculty has expertise with all of the following programs and more
Areas of typical math remediation or acceleration in grades preK through 5 include:
- Counting and Cardinality
- Basic Facts and Computation (math fluency), including addition, subtraction, multiplication and division
- Number Operations and Algebraic Thinking, including fractions and long division
- Measurement and Data (representation and analysis), including graphing
- Problem Solving and Reasoning
For all of our students, regardless of age, we are guided by following
- Make sense of problems and persevere in solving them.
- Reason abstractly and quantitatively.
- Construct viable arguments and critique the reasoning of others.
- Model with mathematics.
- Use appropriate tools strategically.
- Attend to precision.
- Look for and make use of structure.
- Look for and express regularity in repeated reasoning.
We also help families to create math centers in their homes. We select age-appropriate math manipulatives and resources that support classroom and tutoring instruction. We also teach parents how to use these resources more comfortably. Since students are used to accessing these materials in their classrooms, it makes sense to have them available at home when completing homework or exploring mathematical ideas. Materials are divided by primary grades (K-2) and intermediate grades (3-5). Having a complete math center in your home is a strategic investment in your child’s math education.
Please contact our office for more information.