Discussion of a professional development activity.
Recommendation 2: Instructional materials for students receiving interventions should focus intensely on in-depth treatment of whole numbers in kindergarten through grade 5 and on rational numbers in grades 4 through 8.
Level of evidence: Low. This recommendation is based on expert opinion and professional consensus rather than on scientific research. Hence, the level of evidence is considered to be low.
Recommendation 3: Instruction during the intervention should be explicit and systematic. This includes providing models of proficient problem solving, verbalization of thought processes, guided practice, corrective feedback and frequent cumulative review.
Level of evidence: Strong.
Recommendation 5: Intervention materials should include opportunities for students to work with visual representations of mathematical ideas and interventionists should be proficient in the use of visual representations of mathematical ideas.
Level of evidence: ModerateSuggestions:
“This webcast, sponsored by the Center for Comprehensive School Reform and Improvement at Learning Point Associates, showcases best practices for teaching fractions. Also available are classroom handouts and additional video and other online resources for teaching fractions. This webcast can be accessed at http://www.centerforcsri.org/webcasts/fractions/. (Note: Windows Media Player 9.0 or higher required for viewing video.)
(Note: This is a free and accessible resource from the Center on Instruction. It is available via their website. The Center on Instruction is a federally funded resource center which provides high quality resources for improving instruction across the curriculum.)