Instructional Strategies
Math

1. Informational Chunk: Life Experiences

A woman states that when she was in school, she was one of the few girls who liked math because she had a teacher who could reach her and relate to her . This teacher thought about subjects kids could relate to and laugh about. He then made it into a story that was an interesting math problem. The problems could pertain to such things as pets, pimples etc., depending on the age level of the students.

I found this strategy on the internet: (to connect to site, click on address) 960814w.htm#doc12

Insights:

This strategy may have been used in this woman's class, a regular education class, but I see it as a very helpful strategy for d/hh students. All children love to hear and read about things that are humorous and interesting to them. Two examples she used are: (4-7years) You new puppy ate one of your socks, hid one in the garden, and pooped on the third one. You have three pairs of socks, so how many are left over for you to wear?

(young adults) You get 2 pimples every day. After 10 days, a friend gives you a cream that makes 4 pimples disappear in 24 hours. You don't want your boyfriend to see the pimples. How soon can you invite him over?

I, for one, was horrible at math in school, and still am. Actually, I am petrified of math, so that leads me to hate it. None of my teachers made math appealing at all, and I think that if they had, I'd have done better in it and liked it more. This strategy is probably going to eliminate a lot of boredom with math, which is a major reason for many children not learning well.

Questions:

What are some ways of using this strategy with other academic subjects?

Informational Chunk:Learning Center

A learning center is a great instructional strategy. These centers are designated areas where instructional materials in one major curriculum area are located and organized. The students can benefit tremendously from them if they are managed effectively. They provide an alternative to paper/pencil seat work and allow students to work at their own pace. They also help students develop responsibility and allow the teacher to work with the students. The child will be more interested in learning the subject ,especially math, rather than sitting in their seats being bored (247-248).

Luetke-Stahlman, B. & Luckner, J. (1991). Effectively educating students with hearing impairments. New York, NY: Longman.

Insights:

I am very much a fan of learning centers. I remember how helpful and fun they were for me in school, and they provide wonderful opportunities for children. I find them very helpful for math, because the students can learn hands on by doing such activities in the learning centers as measuring objects and determining cups, pints etc. To me, when this strategy can apply in your lesson, there's no better way to learn math.