The National Math Foundation’s primary objective of this project is to provide COVID-safe education and wellness tools to general education classrooms across the country. The Moving & Learning Classrooms Project will supply K-5 elementary school classrooms with kinesthetic learning materials and professional training to combat the difficulties brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic. The materials and training will build students’ foundational understanding of key math concepts while simultaneously boosting their confidence in their math abilities and staying physically active. Through this project, students will build number sense, math competency, and math confidence through movement.
We must reach out to young students who are threatened by the COVID-19 pandemic and who are struggling to learn math with ineffective learning modalities in hybrid classrooms. Math can be quite daunting, but it doesn’t have to be! The movements in our program help students master concepts while simultaneously offering teachers and students an overall sense of physical, social, and emotional well-being. Incorporating these exercises, activities, and strategies during the day, before testing, or during transitions, allows teachers and students to feel energized, focused, calm, and prepared to learn. Movement also increases student engagement and performance through ‘hands-on’ math.
This project supports the complexity and imaginative nature that defines every student. The focus on multiple teaching and learning modalities align this program seamlessly with the National Math Foundation’s vision. Physical activity is proven to help students overcome trauma. Movement strengthens their neural network to better understand and retain new concepts. Consistent and structured movement helps students realize freedom in learning. Movement also shows students that they can enjoy being physically active throughout the school day.
This movement-based program will increase student achievement and overall student success. It will improve assessment scores and increase students’ self-confidence. Students will also become physically active on a daily basis, which will, in turn, increase their mental and emotional health.
The evaluation of student success on the kinesthetic learning tools will require little to no extra involvement on the part of the teachers. Each teacher will be trained in how to properly use the materials as early as possible. Teachers will understand what success looks like on these materials. Student success will be evaluated based on the standard protocol of the participating schools during the academic year.
All participating students will be evaluated at the beginning of the project just before they begin using the new materials. They will also be evaluated at the end of each unit and at the end of the school year using the traditional district-wide assessments established.
These outcomes will be communicated to all partnering foundations and organizations through accumulated data and communication reports. Teachers will see these outcomes quickly once the program is implemented. Administrators will learn of their students’ success through direct observation and through the collected data.
How you can get involved!
Our intent is for any donation or applied funding to be used as “classroom grants”. Through these grants, teachers will receive virtual professional development training and kinesthetic materials for their math classroom.
If you or your teachers are interested in participating or partnering in this project, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information!
If you are interested in supporting this project through a donation, please navigate to our “Donate” page! Thank you for your support!
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