The importance of continued student learning in math over the summer was showcased as the 'Teaching and Learning' Highlight at Monday night's school committee meeting.
Specifically Math Fact Mania!, the redesign of Foxborough’s Summer Math program was highlighted by Ms. Alison Mello, K-8 Math and Science Curriculum Director. These changes to the summer math program stemmed from newly identified district needs, research showing the importance of math fact fluency being a key indicator of future success in mathematics, and a critical underpinning of more difficult math computations.
The goal of the revised summer program for students was twofold; to strengthen number relationships/math fact fluency through conceptual representations and strategy practice and to make the activities fun and engaging.
Students had a myriad of choices to select from, which included both ‘low tech’ and ‘high tech’ options. Low tech choices included games and strategy cards with high tech options extending to interactive apps for the iPad/iPhone/iPod, and district recommended websites.
The ability for students to have instant feedback through the interactive apps and website programs was a great added feature to the summer program according to students and parents.
Additionally, for those students participating in electronic applications, Ms. Mello was able to monitor their progress and provide them with words of encouragement throughout the summer. Parents appreciated this personal approach.
Student feedback was just as encouraging as stated in the words of one student,
“This has been great. I’ve really improved with my math facts and I’ve never been this good before.”
Ms. Mello said she was encouraged by the number of students who enrolled and is looking forward to seeing higher numbers of participation in the future