MyMath is a product designed to support the forward progress of mathematics skills and understandings for all third grade students. This new web-based program is meant to be implemented in conjunction with Investigations in Number, Data, and Space (Investigations), a mathematics curriculum funded by National Science Foundation, TERC, and Pearson. MyMath incorporates essential Universal Design for Learning (UDL) principles, and provides each learner with the tools and supports necessary for becoming a successful mathematician while using Investigations. The Investigations curriculum emphasizes mathematical reasoning, supports the development of strong conceptual understanding, and is aligned with the Common Core State Standards in Mathematics. Although one of the main published goals of Investigations is to engage and support the range of learners in understanding mathematics, a comparison study conducted by the National Center for Education Evaluation (2013) concluded that in comparison to three other programs, students in the Investigations program made less progress over a two-year period. MyMath provides supports that target these weaknesses, so that students may access the rich mathematical goals of the Investigations curriculum. MyMath provides guided practice for students, affords immediate feedback on correct answers, offers extensions to each lesson, and allows options for reviewing previous material. MyMath is designed to be used during Math Workshop, an in-class work-time aimed to support independent, differentiated learning. This website, designed using UDL principles, will provide modifications to ensure that all students have the opportunity to access and engage in the Investigations student activity pages at their independent level of instruction. Currently, all students are expected to complete the existing printed worksheets during Math Workshop however these pages do not necessarily meet the needs of all learners. MyMath endeavors to remove the common barriers that too often stand in the way of our studentsâ€™ mathematical progress and proficiency. MyMath will empower students with a set of supports that will help them grow as expert math learners. The product is designed to optimize levels of challenge and support in order to more effectively meet the mathematical needs of all students.
This is the MyMath login page. You’ll notice the Universal Design for Learning, UDL toolbar, which is located at the top of each page throughout MyMath.
There is a student login button, and teacher login access. Both students and teachers have an id and password.
Those without login information may access additional information about this program by clicking the “Bring MyMath to Your School” button.
Bring MyMath to Your School
In the â€œBring MyMath to Your Schoolâ€? section, you may view the Brain-based Discussion, which gives a detailed overview of Universal Design for Learning and explains the importance of the multiple features of MyMath.
You also have the option of viewing the Ready to Learn Implementation Guide.
And you have the option of seeing a video, which gives a brief description of this program.
So let’s get started and see what MyMath can offer kids.
You’re going to click on the “Kids” login, and you’ll come to the Home page.
You’re going to start by looking at the toolbar.
The UDL toolbar at the top of every page offers an amazing feature for children. You may click on the play button, the pause button, the stop button, or adjust the speed. Highlight the text first and then choose your options. You may also click on the Math Dictionary, which offers students definitions for both words in text as well as definitions of math symbols. The Translator is a wonderful feature for your students who speak another language. They may highlight a word or symbol, pick a language, and have that word or symbol spoken in the other language, which can be extremely helpful for them.
The student Home page is the spot where students are able to access most of the features of MyMath.
You have the current unit sessions on the left hand side with an arrow pointing on todayâ€™s lesson.
You have progress information, and â€Ś
You have access to the Community page as well as the MyRomp section, which is an area offering extensions and other math problems related to the same math topics.
We will click on todayâ€™s lesson.
The student will first see the entire activity sheet.
This gives the student a chance to preview the assignment for today. Then the student will make a choice and click on the problem that he or she would like to begin with. Once a student has made a choice for the first problem, the MyMath program takes the student through all the problems of that worksheet one at a time.
Each problem has the UDL toolbar available. This means that the student has the option of highlighting any or all of the text within the problem and clicking on the play button so that the text may be read aloud.
Remember the child may adjust the speed at which the text is read by clicking on the adjust speed button.
â€œProblem one A butterfly has six spots on each wing. How many spots are on five of these butterflies?â€?
The student is encouraged to visualize this problem and express this visualization in the workspace provided. However, maybe this student is stuck on the meaning of a word or a phrase. He or she may highlight that phrase and click on the dictionary to see a definition.
The child can also use the translation button if it would be helpful to see a word in a different language.
Highlight the word and click on the translator button, which is the globe.
Choose the language you would like it translated into and MyMath will translate that word.
It is entirely possible that even with the support of the read aloud, the dictionary and the translator, a student still feels stuck and cannot begin to solve the problem in the workspace provided. That is why we have two special features on the problem solving page that can offer further assistance.
The Language Coach can offer tips on the language in the problem. A student can click on the Language Coach icon and receive a tip about the language in the problem.
Don’t forget a student may highlight this too and have it read aloud, “Once you know how many spots are on one butterfly, you can find out how many five have.” So now the student may feel more confident about how to approach this problem. He goes to the workspace and chooses the draw tool to write what he has learned from the Language Coach. He writes, one wing equals six spots, so two wings is six plus six, or twelve spots. “Oh,” he thinks to himself, “Now I get it, this is multiplication. Twelve times five is how I’m going to get my answer.”
However, it is also possible that the Language Coach wasn’t helpful to the child. So he has the option of choosing the Visualization Coach.
He can click on the icon and a message will appear. “Try making your own butterfly and spots with the stamp tool.”
He chooses the stamp tool because he hates drawing and stamps boxes to look like the wings of a butterfly. He begins to stamp six dots in each box.
Then he understands the problem and erases his work. He excitedly clicks the record icon in his workspace and dictates his thinking.
When he is done he clicks in the answer box and clicks the record icon again and records his answer.
He clicks save to save his work. He also clicks â€œshare.â€? This allows his work to be submitted to the teacher for approval and then it goes to the community page to be shared with others.
Another feature of the workspace toolbar is the Math Toolkit.
If the student would like to use specific Investigation manipulatives:
like pattern blocks,
one inch tiles,
or number lines, she may click on the Toolkit icon and choose a manipulative for the workspace.
One last feature of the workspace toolbar is the MyThoughts reflection notebook option.
Children may click on this icon and reflect. This is a private reflection and can only be viewed by the teacher not other students.
When the student is finished with one problem, she may advance to the next problem by clicking the arrow at the bottom of the page.
If the answer to the problem is wrong, the student will be prompted to try that problem again. If the answer is correct, it will advance to the next problem. If the answer was wrong however, the student will only have two tries to get the right answer. After those two tries, the teacher will be notified,
and the student will be allowed to advance to the next problem.
Then the student is taken to the Home page where he can view progress.
This is Jayâ€™s progress page. You can see his unit progress, his yearly progress, how long he has spent in the unit in terms of time, and how many times he has shared.
Todayâ€™s session is over. Now this student, Jay, has a choice. He may go to the Community page and view his work as well as the work of others, or he may go to MyRomp and explore for fun with mathematics.
The Community Page
MyRomp â€“ Choice games or activities
Since MyMath is intended to be used as part of math workshop,
Jay may choose to become involved with a different math activity,
and let another child engage in MyMath on the computer.
MyMath is intended to create independent thinkers,
build strong mathematicians,
while supporting students and providing them with â€œjust rightâ€? challenges.
When teachers are implementing the MyMath program, there may be times when it might be nice to connect with other teachers who are implementing this program or send questions or suggestions to the Meaningful Math Team.
On the teacher page, there are two communication features, which can help with this implementation.
If you would like to share tips with other teachers, or ask questions of others who are already implementing this program, go to the MyLounge section of the teacher page and interact with other teachers. If you would like to contact us with suggestions, questions or to schedule an in class visit, click on the Contact Us section of the teacher page, and you may email us. We will respond to your email within 24 hours. By Meaningful Math Emma Elizalde Nan Thompson Catherine Flynn Bethany Greene The End