# Intensive Mathematics Intervention: Instructional Strategies

## Intensive Intervention in Mathematics Course: Module 5 Overview

In Module 4, we discussed important components for the delivery of intensive intervention. In Module 5, we focus on three instructional strategies teachers should embed within every intensive intervention session. We rely on a strong research base for these recommendations about fluency, problem solving, and motivation. In this module, educators will learn about:

• How to build fact fluency
• Ineffective and effective problem-solving strategies
• Why to include a motivation component within intensive intervention

This module is divided into three parts, with an introduction and closing. A 508 compliant version of the full PowerPoint presentation across all parts of the module is available below.

Complete Slide Deck (508 compliant)

Workbook (508 compliant)

## Introduction

This video introduces Module 5 and provides an overview of the module content and related activities.

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(Associated with PowerPoint Slide 2 and 192)

## Part 1: How do you build fact fluency within intensive intervention?

Part 1 emphasizes the need to practice math facts with students who require intensive intervention. We review the four operations and strategies to help students organize math fact knowledge. Teachers learn math fact practice should be brief but occur during every intensive intervention session. We also provide an overview of several ways to practice fact fluency.

### Worksheets & Activities

Activity 1 - Make Remarks on Flashcard Routine

Activity 2 - Determine Which Facts to Use for Incremental Rehearsal

Activity 3 - Design a Taped Problems or Cover Copy Compare Sheet

Discussion Board – Fluency Activity

### Related Videos

Video Example: A tutor practices addition with a student using a counting strategy.
(Associated with PowerPoint Slide 31)

Video Example: A tutor practices subtraction with a student using a counting strategy.
(Associated with PowerPoint Slide 33)

Video Example: A student and tutor work on a flashcard routine
(Associated with Activity 1)

## Part 2: How do you incorporate effective problem-solving strategies within intensive intervention?

Part 2 reviews the research base on problem-solving instruction. We explain how teaching students to recognize keywords and linking keywords to an operation is an ineffective problem-solving strategy. Teachers learn to use an attack strategy coupled with a focus on the schema of word problems in order to teach students to be efficient problem solvers. We emphasize problem-solving instruction should occur within every intensive intervention session.

### Worksheets & Activities

Activity 4 - Determine Why Using Key Words May Be Problematic

Activity 5 - Identify Problem Types for Additive Problems

Activity 6 - Identify Problem Types for Multiplicative Problems

Discussion Board – Design and Share Word Problem Poster

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Video Example: A tutor works on word problems and emphasizes gestures and equations to represent each word problem.
(Associated with PowerPoint Slide 169)

Video Debrief (Associated with Activity 5. Stop at 39:26)

Video Debrief (Associated with Activity 6. Stop at 54:20)

## Part 3: How do you incorporate a motivational component within intensive intervention?

Part 3 briefly describes the need for a motivation component as students in intensive intervention often experience high mathematics anxiety and low mathematics confidence. Teachers review several examples of motivation components from evidence-based interventions.

### Worksheets & Activities

Activity 7 - Analyze Motivation Component of an Intensive Intervention

Discussion Board – Motivational Tools

## Closing: What are the next steps?

The closing video reviews the content covered in the module and concludes with a classroom application activity.

### Worksheets & Activities

Classroom Application: Preparing to Teach Word Problems

### Related Videos

(Associated with PowerPoint Slide 2 and 192)