Math strategies for primary classroom
In today’s 21st century classroom, educators must understand the needs of their students. This is very important for instruction in a primary grade math learning environment, as there has been a noted increase in mathematically-challenged students in elementary grades. Students may be math-challenged for several reasons: the student may have developed a generalized anxiety about the subject; the student may have a genuine learning disability called Developmental Dyscalculia; or, the student may have an undiagnosed math issue. Regardless, the key to assisting all students in a math classroom falls to a teacher’s ability to learn to differentiate instruction. As well, there is a movement from teacher-led instruction to student-led learning where math is discovered and enjoyed, and teachers need to keep up-to-date in new approaches to make math meaningful for their students. From a professional development perspective, this is a daunting task for educators living in northern BC. The sheer distance, travel costs and time away are prohibitive to going to a larger center for math-based professional development opportunities. The author decided to create a research-based website that offers a one-stop user-friendly professional development hub for northern BC primary math teachers. The website contains the research presented in this paper about math anxiety, Developmental Dyscalculia, undiagnosed issues, Learning Styles and Learning Style Inventories, and a variety of current math interventions that can be easily learned and applied in an instructional setting.