Each student, in grades 2 through 5, comes to the Math Lab once a week with his/her class for 45 minutes. The Math Lab is set up for students to rotate through four centers in a two week period. Each of the four centers has a different focus. The four stations are: Computers, Teacher-directed lessons, Math Fact practice, and Math Application. There are three main reasons for doing math centers. The first reason is that centers provide differentiated experiences for children. Students are provided with a variety of ways to make sense of math, communicate what they learn, and demonstrate their understanding. The second reason is that centers allow for on-going practice of their math skills. Students are able to practice and improve their math fact fluency. They are also able to apply their math skills to play games, solve problems, and create projects. The last reason is that centers provide the teacher an opportunity to provide targeted instruction in small groups on the math content that they are learning in their classrooms. The small group instruction can be supplementary, remedial or enriching depending on the needs of the students.
To be successful in the Math Lab, students need to be self-directed learners so appropriate behaviors are required and strongly encouraged. Students are expected to treat others with respect, work hard, make good decisions, and do the right thing. Consequences for not meeting these expectations are as follows:
Name On Board: Your reminder
1st Check: Classroom writeup and call home
2nd Check: Classroom writeup and call home
3rd Check: Office writeup/Consequence/call home
In the Math Lab, students are currently using the program, Reflex Math, to practice their math fact fluency. The program is adapted to the needs of each student so they work at a level of difficulty that is instructional. The program provides assessment, coaching and practice in addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. These basic math facts are the building blocks for other math skills and mastery of these facts leads to greater success in all areas of math. Each student who comes to the Math Lab has their own password and can access the program at home by logging in at https://www.reflexmath.com Once you are on the website, click on login in the upper right corner, then click on student login. From there, you will be directed to fill in the teacher username: theupel->click on your child's teacher's name->click on your child's name->enter your child's password. Each child has received a password for their account and should be able to get in to their account. If your child does not know or remember their password, contact their teacher or email me for that information.
Math Lab Schedule
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