- Success Stories
Ajaya, Grade 3
Charter School in Oakland, CA
This school implemented Do The Math as part of an after-school program with students in Grades 3–7. Students in the school grew significantly and began to love math! Watch the video to hear from the students themselves.
After School Interventionist, Oakland, CA
“With my students who have been in the program since October, I have definitely seen a great improvement in their ability to look at a problem and know what steps they need to take to solve it, whereas before they would look at a problem, say 'I have no idea', and shut down and give up.”
Instructions Reform Facilitator, San Francisco, CA
Math educator Sara Liebert, an Instructional Reform Facilitator at John Muir Elementary School in San Francisco, California, shares her experience tackling these challenges, and how mathematics thought leader Marilyn Burns guided her through this teaching dilemma.
second-grade teacher, Corte Madera, CA
“The literature books in Do The Math help build students’ conceptual understanding and put math into a context. My second grade students love reading the stories and working together to solve the problems.”
Math Interventionist, Killeen, TX
“I love that Do The Math scaffolds so perfectly. I can constantly see my student's progress as we take each assessment. Tashia, for example, has improved her assessment score. Each and every time we do a lesson she participates, and I just see that lightbulb go off in her mind. It is a wonderful feeling!”
Math Interventionist, Carlsbad, CA
“Do The Math is a carefully sequenced, conceptually based program that is engaging for students and teachers. Concrete materials, games, children's literature, practice, assessment, and suggestions for vocabulary development, differentiation, and reteaching are all components of the program. This carefully thought-out program has informed and inspired my teaching and my students' learning.”
second grade teacher, Northern California
“I teach Do The Math to my whole class of second graders—some students are on grade-level while other students are struggling and still developing a basic sense of number and place-value. The lessons in Do The Math are scaffolded to help build conceptual understanding, but they allow for differentiation so all students learn and feel challenged. The program has fostered collaboration between students as they work together to share their reasoning and solve problems.”
K–5 Curriculum Consultant, Cedar Rapids, Iowa
“During the past year, I watched two groups of fragile second- and third-grade students become confident, versatile, and at times lighthearted math learners. It was an amazing transition, and their scores reflected this growth. The teacher that I observed followed the Do The Math program as it was written, and the results were impressive.”
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