Resource Library

Direct instruction in math word problems: Students with learning disabilities

Research
Standards: Reason Abstractly • Model with Mathematics • Use Appropriate Tools Strategically • Make Sense of Problems
The study investigated the effectiveness of strategy teaching and sequencing practice problems when teaching students with learning disabilities (LD) how to solve word problems. Students were...

Education Week: 'Embodied Learning' Blends Movement, Computer Interaction

Article
Standards: Model with Mathematics • Literacy in Science & Technical Subjects
Students who are able to engage in learning by being physically involved take more interest in classroom time. SMALLabs use a camera, projector, computer, and wand in an open classroom for students...

Effects of mathematical word problem solving by students at risk or with mild disabilities

Research
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Standards: Model with Mathematics • Attend to Precision • Make Sense of Problems
The purpose of this study is two-fold. First, the researchers sought to assess the effectiveness of two instructional strategies, an explicit schema-based strategy and a traditional basal strategy,...

Effects of self-explanation as a metacognitive strategy for solving mathematical word programs

Research
Standards: Make Sense of Problems • Reason Abstractly • Construct Viable Arguments • Attend to Precision
The study examined the effects of a metacognitive strategy (i.e., self-explanation) on elementary school students’ ability to solve word problems. Students were assigned to one of three conditions: (...

End the Math Wars

Article
Standards: Make Sense of Problems • Model with Mathematics
In this article, the author discusses why and how educational technology can be implemented in the classroom and school to support improved student outcomes in mathematics. The author not only...

Explicit instruction in mathematics problem solving

Research
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Standards: Model with Mathematics • Attend to Precision • Make Sense of Problems
This study examined the effectiveness of the explicit translation strategy method that explicitly teaches fourth-graders to translate word story problems into mathematical equation form. The study...

Fraction instruction for students with mathematics disabilities: Comparing two teaching sequences

Research
Standards: Model with Mathematics • Reason Abstractly • Use Appropriate Tools Strategically
The study compared the effectiveness of concrete-representational-abstract (CRA) and representational-abstract (RA) instructional sequences in teaching mathematics to middle- school students with...

Helping Students Use Visual Representations and Modeling in Math

Tools and Templates
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Standards: Model with Mathematics
Models help promote mathematical thinking and facilitate an understanding of key concepts and mathematical structures. By seeing and moving objects, students engage their senses to better understand...

Introduction to Modeling 508 Compliant Slideshow

Slideshow
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Standards: Model with Mathematics
This is a 508 compliant version of the Overview Slideshow found in the Instructional Strategy Guide for Math: Modeling. 

Modeling: Learn Multiplication

Lesson in Action
Standards: Model with Mathematics
Ms. Howard’s 4th grade class is reviewing multiplication. She will use this lesson to begin teaching students the distributive property of multiplication over addition, using various supports to...

Promoting Appropriate Uses of Technology in Mathematics Teacher Preparation

Research
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Standards: Model with Mathematics • Reason Abstractly
The Curry Center for Technology and Teacher Education at the University of Virginia is developing materials to help preservice secondary mathematics, social studies, and science teachers (PSTs) learn...

Quick View: Virtual Manipulatives

Quick View
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Standards: Make Sense of Problems • Reason Abstractly • Model with Mathematics • Use Appropriate Tools Strategically
In the past, most classrooms only had physical manipulatives. Today, more classrooms have improved access to computers and the Internet. As a result, virtual manipulatives are becoming more common....

Research on Math Practices

Bibliography
The PowerUp WHAT WORKS Team at the Center for Technology Implementation, has conducted extensive reviews of the literature on mathematics teaching and learning. View our bibliography for a collection...

UDL Guideline 2: Provide options for language, mathematical expressions, and symbols

Tools and Templates
Standards: Attend to Precision • Model with Mathematics
Information, examples, and resources that support teaching of key math terms, symbols, syntax, and notations. UDL Guideline 2 offers a variety of strategies to help students think more carefully...

UDL Guidelines -- Guideline 3: Provide options for comprehension

Tools and Templates
Standards: Model with Mathematics • Make Use of Structure
Constructing knowledge from information is an active process that requires teachers to provide scaffolds to ensure all learners have access to knowledge. UDL Guideline 3 provides information,...

Using CRA to teach algebra to students with math difficulties in inclusive settings

Research
Standards: Reason Abstractly • Model with Mathematics • Make Sense of Problems
This study compared student achievement in solving liner algebraic functions using a concrete- to-representational-to-abstract (CRA) sequence of instruction and a repeated abstract explicit...

Using PowerUp for PD: Modeling

Professional Development Support Material
Standards: Model with Mathematics
Find general directions, suggested activities, and support materials/activities for the Slide Show, Teach with Tech, and the Lessons in Action to use in your professional development.

Using Technology to Support Struggling Students: Visualization, Representation and Modeling

Article
Standards: Model with Mathematics • Reason Abstractly
In an increasingly complex world, all students need to be scientifically literate. While some students may go on to pursue advanced careers in the sciences, basic scientific literacy is critical for...

Using Virtual Manipulatives in Your Math Classroom

Article
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Standards: Reason Abstractly • Model with Mathematics • Use Appropriate Tools Strategically
The use of manipulatives in math instruction can help you in addressing the Common Core Standards for Mathematical Practice. Virtual manipulatives provide new ways for students and teachers grasp...

Visualizing Math: How Intelligent Tutoring Technology Can Help Math-Challenged Students

Article
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Standards: Model with Mathematics • Reason Abstractly
Many students who struggle with basic mathematics courses benefit from digital instructional technologies, including additional visual and supplemental materials on difficult concepts and skills....