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Category: Intervention 101

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What Is Math Intervention?

Let’s get this out of the way right now. Math intervention does NOT mean pulling a group of kids aside and helping them to complete their work after a whole group lesson.   Another end of the spectrum? Math intervention does NOT mean stopping your instruction to “work on number sense”

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Why You Need Dedicated Time for Math Intervention

The number one, most important thing you can do for students who are struggling in math is to meet them where they are and focus on increasing their understanding of numbers and operations.    That’s it! The secret to math success!    But here’s the thing, you can not do

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Independent Practice Strategy

My third-grade teacher always told us  Practice doesn’t make perfect. Practice makes permanent! When we were practicing our cursive lettering he wanted us to be sure not to get sloppy and practice incorrectly- the habits we formed during practice would be hard to break!  The same is true of our

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Why You Need to Plan Intervention Sequences

It’s a trap we have all fallen into.  You teach your math lesson for the day and then pull aside the group that didn’t quite get it yet. You work on the independent practice together.  Here’s the problem. The next day? You’re likely working with the same group of students. 

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Deficit vs. Asset Based Thinking In Math Class

A few years back I was talking with a colleague after a staff meeting. I mentioned that I had recently had a breakthrough with a student who had a multitude of “gaps” in their learning.  This student was in an upper elementary grade level but had a very early primary

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FREE Printable Math Manipulatives

Students learn math best when they can touch, feel, experiment and manipulate the concepts they are learning. Math manipulatives absolutely help facilitate this process. These FREE printable manipulatives are perfect for first or second-grade students.  Why Use Printable Math Manipulatives?  Using a research-based CRA progression your students will move from

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Getting Started with Tier 3 Math Intervention

My first year teaching math intervention I was in over my head by the second week of school. Funny thing is, by the second week of school I really hadn’t done anything other than assessing students and starting to form groups.  I was given the advice to look at the

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The 5 Tools You Need to Build a Math Toolkit

A portion of the links and recommendations below are affiliate links. This means that at no additional cost to you, I will earn a commission if you choose to make a purchase. I have personally used each of these math tools and would not recommend them if I did not appreciate

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Nothing feels better than working with a small group of students who are just getting it. During whole group instruction, there are always some students who seem to be drowning and getting them into the right math groups with the right math goals can be the absolute make or break

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How to Overcome the Top 5 CRA Math Model Obstacles

There’s math theory and then there is real life in the classroom. You may LOVE the idea of the CRA math model but you may wonder how you can incorporate this type of model with a classroom full of students with varying needs. Let’s dive into some common roadblocks to

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