ERIC Number: EJ1059119
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Reference Count: 9
Intensifying Interventions for Students by Identifying and Remediating Conceptual Understandings in Mathematics
Hunt, Jessica H.; Little, Mary E.
TEACHING Exceptional Children, v46 n6 p187-196 Jul-Aug 2014
In this article, the authors introduce a scenario identifying an elementary school special education teacher and interventionist (Mr. Powers) and his concerns in meeting the Common Core State Standards in Mathematics (CCSS-M). Like many teachers, Powers uses a response-to-intervention (RTI) framework to provide supports for students who require additional instruction and more intensive interventions to master curriculum standards. Wondering how he could support understanding and use of content and practice standards embodied in the CCSS-M while attending to students' unique strengths and weaknesses is addressed with a three step approach that includes: (1) Problem Identification; (2) Analyzing the Problem; and (3) Implementing a Solution. To intensify instruction for students with and without disabilities, teachers need a process to diagnostically assess students' current levels of understanding of mathematical concepts, determine areas of priority, conceptualize instructional tasks, and monitor performance. This article offers ongoing and robust diagnostic assessments to plan and implement evidence-based interventions and resources that address specific conceptual or procedural gaps in knowledge for individual students. This framework also guides teachers and interventionists to identify the problem or concern for students in terms of their mathematics understanding, analyze why the problem is occurring, implement a plan to address the problem, and evaluate if the plan is resulting in increased student performance.
Descriptors: Intervention, Elementary School Teachers, Special Education Teachers, Mathematics Instruction, Response to Intervention, Student Needs, Core Curriculum, State Standards, Academic Standards, Needs Assessment, Disabilities, Teaching Methods, Mathematical Concepts, Concept Formation, Progress Monitoring
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Education Level: Elementary Education
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