Working with teachers for over 30 years, I have learned many strategies to try to help students be successful. Since all students learn differently it is important that teachers build a “strategies toolkit” to be ready for each child who enters their classroom door. Math Intervention Strategies can help those students who struggle in Math.
What Are Academic Intervention Strategies (AIS)?
When a student is having difficulty learning a teacher must try different Academic Intervention Strategies to help them be more successful. As adults we all learn things differently and kids are no different. An advantage of an extensive “strategies toolkit” is that many kids can benefit from the special strategies in day-to-day learning. The Individuals with Disabilities, Education Improvement Act (IDEA) supports interventions and requires teachers to identify strategies implemented and their outcomes prior to special education services being approved.
Math Intervention Strategies
- Identify the specific problem and remediate that particular skill.
- Help students over over-learn facts.
- Regularly review words/phrases that indicate the correct operation to use.
- Provide peer tutor.
- Provide calculator.
- Have student check all math answers.
- Remind students “Math is important”.
- Use manipulatives.
- Allow math facts reference sheet.
- Present directions clearly using multiple modalities.
- Teach students to look for clues in word problems.
Using specific Math Intervention Strategies can sometimes prevent the need to refer a student for additional support programs or Special Education services. Knowing the best way to reach individual students can make a big difference in a child’s educational career.
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