Provide struggling students with explicit instruction of the 16 fundamental maths concepts and skills – those topics identified as the most important instructional goals for each year level.
STAMS Plus lessons support several approaches to differentiated instruction. Work with small groups or individuals as needed by taking advantage of these lesson features.
1. For English as an Additional Language or Dialect (EAL/D) students:
For any students who struggle with the language of maths, preview maths vocabulary. Throughout the instruction, refer to EAL/D Support tips that alert you to potential language obstacles. Use the Vocabulary Activity to help students tie new maths terms to words they already understand.
2. For struggling students:
Use the Hands-on Activity, Reteaching Activity and Real-World Connection to give students other ways to access the skill. Review concepts visually with IWB lessons.
3. For confident students:
Provide students an opportunity to extend their understanding of the concepts in the lesson with the Challenge Activity.
STAMS Plus lessons are sequenced within each year and from year to year, to make instruction easy at the appropriate level. For any particular topic, use the related STAMS Plus lessons feature in the teacher guide to find a lesson, from the same year level or from an earlier year, that meets the student’s needs.
1. Review within the year level (Books A-H):
If a student isn’t succeeding with a lesson, your first resource is reviewing prerequisite skills in related lessons in the same book. In most cases these skills were taught in an earlier lesson. A careful review of part one and part two of related STAMS Plus lessons can help a student quickly get back on track.
2. Review at a lower year level (Books B-H):
Sometimes lessons cover prerequisite skills from a previous year’s book. Again, a review of part one and part two of related STAMS Plus lessons can help a student quickly get back on track. A student who frequently needs to review material from a previous level may need consistent instruction at that level before that student can succeed in the core program at year level. Consider administering the CAMS Plus pretest from the previous level. These results will help you place the student more appropriately.