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Attention is the ability to focus on a specific task without being distracted. Attention helps students become better problem-solvers by allowing them to focus on and thoughtfully practice their developing math skills.
There are several different types of Attention:
Adding audio and braille-based resources along with materials, activities, and games to help young children develop simple mathematical concepts supports math development not just for learners with visual needs but all learners.
Providing clear, short instructions can support learners' Working Memory.
Building positive and trusting relationships with learners builds a sense of safety and belonging while supporting their academic, cognitive, and social and emotional needs.
Building with blocks fosters conceptual understanding of early geometric and Spatial Skills while supporting gross motor development.
Collaborative problem solving occurs when learners solve problems in a group which exposes them to new strategies and opportunities to communicate their mathematical thinking.
The Concrete-Representational-Abstract (CRA) approach is when learners progress from using concrete materials to representational drawings then abstract symbols.
Connecting math to the community, cultures, and experiences of the learners helps them see the relevance and connections of math all around them.
Daily review strengthens previous learning and can lead to fluent recall.
Drawing pictures to represent their thinking helps young learners use non-linguistic representations to demonstrate their understanding.
When learners explain their thinking processes and solution strategies, they reflect, reconsider, and solidify their understanding.
Math vocabulary is critical for helping learners understand math concepts, procedures, and word problems.
Explicitly identifying strategies used for solving math problems, after first providing time for learners to problem solve on their own, fosters mathematical thinking and vocabulary.
Providing opportunities for the family to become a valued part of the learning community fosters positive Social Supports and a sense of Belonging which is critical to learning.
Fostering a growth mindset helps learners understand that learning is a process which involves personal effort, learning from mistakes, and reflecting on one's own learning.
Free choice supports learner interests and promotes the development of more complex social interactions.
Supplementing verbal information with actions reinforces concepts and engages student Attention.
Setting overall goals then smaller goals to reach them, and monitoring the progress, helps learners feel confident in their skills and abilities while building a learner mindset.
Graphic organizers help learners Visualize how ideas fit together which helps them construct meaning and strengthen recall.
Providing feedback that focuses on the process of developing skills, rather than outcomes, emphasizes the importance of effort and productive struggle while fostering a learner mindset.
Guided inquiry involves active listening and questioning to help learners use their own language to construct knowledge.
Guided play encourages learners to take an active role in their learning and supports the development of a broad array of cognitive skills.
Guided practice involves facilitating strategic questioning to scaffold the practice and learning.
Through imaginative play or role-playing, learners focus on the context of the problem and can test out various problem-solving scenarios which supports Cognitive Flexibility.
Learning about students' cultures and connecting them to instructional practices helps foster a Sense of Belonging and mitigate Stereotype threat.
Having space where students can go supports Self-regulation and individual deliberate practice.
Providing learners some ownership over their learning is critical for ensuring learning is meaningful and intrinsically motivating.
Math centers that include games, manipulatives, and hands-on activities to explore, support learner interests and promote the development of complex math skills and social interactions.
When students have meaningful conversations about math and use math vocabulary, they develop the thinking, questioning, and explanation skills needed to master mathematical concepts.
Math games invite learners to practice skills in a fun, applied context which supports learner agency and a learner mindset.
Math literature reflecting diversity can help learners hear math vocabulary in context, reflective of their culture, and see it applied to various mathematical concepts.
Rhyming, alliteration, and rhythm in songs can reinforce math skills by activating the mental processes that promote memory.
Short, frequent mindfulness activities can help learners deepen self-awareness and strengthen Attention.
When teachers model how to solve a problem or a specific skill, they create positive clear models of what learning looks like, which provides cognitive support for learning math.
Brain breaks that include movement allow learners to refresh their thinking and focus on learning new information.
Instruction in multiple formats allows learners to activate different cognitive skills to understand and remember the steps they are to take in their math work.
Since both dance and music have patterns, rhythm and shapes, and are more familiar to learners than the abstract concepts of math, they can help in embodied learning of math concepts.
When learners reframe negative thoughts and use positively framed self-statements, they practice positive self-talk.
Maintaining a consistent routine and schedule ensures that learners are able to trust and predict what will happen next.
Providing space, time and structure for learners to reflect on their learning fosters a learner mindset as they analyze why and how they learn.
Using earplugs or headphones can increase focus and comfort.
Text-to-speech functionality activates different parts of the brain to support learning.
Providing a structured way for learners to think about a question and discuss their thoughts with a partner before sharing with the larger group allows them to practice their skills and participate while speaking with and listening to others.
Three-phase lesson format is a problem-solving structure to promote meaningful math learning by activating prior knowledge, letting students explore mathematical thinking, and promoting a math community of learners.
Using manipulatives for hands-on exploration in a variety of ways supports conceptual understanding which is critical to mathematical thinking.
Having students verbally repeat information such as instructions ensures they have heard and supports remembering.
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