Imagine having a common language for problem solving in math.
Imagine being able to establish a foundation for problem solving in 1st grade upon which a student can build for the rest of their elementary school years.
Imagine the confidence of a 5th grade student who has used the same vocabulary and strategies for problem solving since 1st grade.
At SIS4Teachers, we are dedicated to changing mathematical mindsets and creating systemic change for K-12 schools. Our newest project, Math Mights, is a strategic math solution designed to increase students’ mathematical skills in a systematic way.
What are Math Mights?
Math Mights are a cast of characters that represent different, universal, problem solving strategies. Here are a few examples:
- D.C. (decomposing/composing) has a hat and a big mallet and loves to break numbers apart and put them back together.
- Abracus, a magician, can quickly zap numbers using compensation!
- Value Pak, a family of numbers who each have their own value.
- T-Pops, who represents the traditional method of solving problems (the way our parents learned it).
Math Mights will be visiting classrooms in the form of three different strategy posters, featuring three ways plus the traditional way for solving problems in various operations. Look for these posters to be released during 2018!
- Winter – Addition
- Spring – Subtraction
- Summer – Multiplication and Division
Why Math Mights?
Math Mights is a way to tie math strategies to characters that will help students understand math processes differently than just solving problems one way. This series promotes students’ communicated reasoning so they are able to confidently explain their thinking. It also provides provides a common language in schools so students can learn about the characters and the strategies in first grade, and then apply same strategies to higher level concepts as they grow.
A Unique Approach
The Math Mights strategy poster will feature 8 posters in one, bound into a tabbed flip chart. Each tab of the poster features a different character describing how to solve the problems his or her way. One side will feature beginning strategies with appropriate examples using easily accessible numbers. As students start to grasp the beginning strategies, flip the poster around to reveal more advanced strategies involving more advanced examples (such as fractions or decimals).
What Do You Get?
The physical strategy poster has a digital companion (coming soon!) which includes extra practice for students using the Math Mights strategies and strategy cards that can be used to help students remember the strategies while they’re solving problems. The Math Mights Bundle will include video tutorials that can be used to help parents, students, and teachers in applying problem solving strategies.