You may have heard the phrase “evidence-based” before since this buzzword gets thrown around in all types of fields, but what does it actually mean? We know from research that students with math learning disabilities struggle to understand concepts in the classroom.
What are the best ways for you to help these students? In this blog post, I’ll explain what evidence-based math intervention strategies are and how they can be implemented in your classroom.
What is an Evidence-Based Math Intervention Strategy?
Evidence-based math intervention strategies are those which have been shown to work by experimentation or research. According to the Evidence Based Intervention Network, EBI are treatments that are likely to be effective in changing target behavior if implemented with integrity.
During the Tier 2 Instruction of the Response to Intervention process, all teachers should be using evidence-based intervention strategies instead of strategies that have not been proven to close learning gaps.
Examples of Evidence-Based Strategies
Explicit Instruction is a way for teachers to ensure that their students understand every step of the lesson in order. Teachers make sure that each task has clear instructions, and due to this structure, kids are given plenty of opportunities with feedback from teachers who give them guidance on how they can improve if something goes wrong.
Attack strategy for problem solving
I’m regularly blown away by some of the calculations my students are capable of. Approaching word problems in this systematic way encourages them to draw and produce outstanding results.
Graphic organizers are a useful tool for teachers to help students better understand the most significant information in the text. The visual representation of these ideas on paper reduces cognitive demand by providing an easy framework and enhances comprehension as well.
For students who struggle with reading and math, graphic organizers can help them differentiate between similar math concepts such as greatest common factor and least common multiple.
How to Select an Evidence-Based Math Strategy
There is no “one size fits all” evidence-based strategy for closing learning gaps, but there are many that have been shown to work with various age groups. It’s important to consider the type of strategies you want implemented, and how they should be put into practice in your school or classroom setting. As you begin planning for the new school year, remember – closing learning gaps start with deciding what type of strategies will work best for both you and your group!