Finally…Math Makes Sense!

September 16, 2015 | By More

For junior high and high school students with developmental and learning disabilities, math class can present a significant challenge.  Grade level math may be out of reach, and even if the student is prepared for grade level instruction, the pacing and delivery in a regular education classroom may prevent strong learning.  The Imago Dei School at Trinity Classical Academy presents an innovative, engaging, and personalized learning opportunity to help bridge the achievement gap that distances students with special needs from their regular education classmates.

The self-paced, academic program delivers differentiated instruction and targeted skills practice in a fun and interactive way.  Utilizing direct instruction, hands on independent practice, math games and consumer math models as a way of reinforcing concepts, students look forward to being stimulated in multiple modalities to make learning invigorating and fun.   For direct instruction, the teacher employs a core curriculum designed to improve mathematical performance by explicitly teaching the concepts, skills, and content needed to successfully learn and understand mathematics. It is a student-paced, mastery-based curriculum that is suitable for students with moderate to significant discrepancy to grade level.  High school students with math skills from basic multiplication through high school geometry are taught in one classroom with three instructors.  Students become successful in applying what they have learned to different life situations because they have a deepened understanding of how numbers work together.

Of course the instruction can only be as high quality as the instructor, and Trinity’s Tim Smith is a teacher of unique quality.  As a 25 year seasoned math teacher with a Master’s in Education, a certification in educational therapy through the National Institute of Learning Development, and 25 years of high school basketball coaching experience, Coach Smith brings an uncommon blend of knowledge, experience, passion and tenderness to the classroom.  Coach Smith’s students know he is fully invested in their success, and they are willing to courageously take academic risks with him by their side.  “It is truly a blessing to see our students thrive in mathematics as a class and as individuals.  Each student is reaching their potential through differentiated lessons ranging from multiplication through high school geometry.  Students love the use of stations to incorporate manipulatives that stress life skills such as money management.  “It is a joy to watch students have fun with math!” says Coach Smith, Imago Dei high school math and science teacher.

Finally…Math Makes Sense!

Finally…Math Makes Sense!

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