Curriculum & Instruction
The MAISD Regional Mathematics & Science Center provides technical assistance, consultant support, and training as schools strive to align curriculum, instruction, and assessment to current state standards.
Math Recovery® is a program designed to help ensure that all students will be successful in mathematics. If a student is not successful early in the school experience, negative feelings toward mathematics and lack of self-confidence can emerge. Over time, as the knowledge gap widens, finding success becomes even more difficult.
The aim of Math Recovery® is to provide these students with assistance before they experience too much failure. The goal is to help students advance to the level at which they can successfully learn with their peers.
Number and number relationships that seem obvious to adults may not be so obvious for children. A child's understanding can vary greatly from an adult's knowledge. The development of this knowledge does not come from telling, but rather through the child's personal construction of the knowledge. Children must have personal experiences to learn and relate to various forms of numbers.
Math Recovery® has its focus in the number operation and concept strand of math and its emphasis on assessment and intervention. The instructional strategies include the following key topics:
Forward and backward number word sequence (verbal ability to count forward and backward).
Structuring numbers (recognizing patterns such as dice, dominoes, and finger patterns).
Addition and subtraction.
Tens and ones (basics of place value).
At this time, the MAISD provides professional development for:
Add+VantageMR® (AVMR) Course 1, Course 2 and Fractions for classroom teachers
Math Recovery Intervention Specialist (MRIS) for one-on-one support
For more information, go to www.mathrecovery.org
Next Generation Science Exemplar (NGSX)
The Next Generation Science Exemplar (or NGSX) professional learning system is a unique learning environment designed to connect learners to a multi-faceted web-platform — with a wide range of digital (video and print) resources, guided activities, and interactivity with colleagues. NGSX provides a unique, image-rich context for combinations of K-12 teachers, administrators, science coaches, and higher education pre-service faculty. Together, in face-to-face study groups, NGSX participants explore the major ideas found in the NRC Framework and the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), developing tools and strategies to take this new vision back into their classrooms. NGSX also serves as a research site to collect data on 3-dimensional learning and the enactment of that learning in classrooms.
Modeling Instruction in Michigan for Physics, Chemistry & Biology Teachers
American Modeling Teacher Association is an organization of teachers, by teachers and for teachers who utilize Modeling Instruction in their Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) teaching practice. Instead of relying on lectures and textbooks, the Modeling Instruction program emphasizes active student construction of conceptual and mathematical models in an interactive learning community. Students are engaged with simple scenarios to learn to model the physical world.