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Designing lessons for intervention mathematics classes: an investigation in how to teach underachieving students





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Intervention has become a popular topic in education today, and in the classroom it can come in many forms including tracking and elective classes. Like all students, underachievers perform better with a unique plan and support. Research has shown that despite intervention classes, the United States still falls behind compared to other industrialized countries. Rather than focusing on curriculum, the United States focuses on intervention classes that continue to teach the same material, in the same way, hoping it won't produce the same results. This study determined that all intervention curriculum include five branches: assessment, mental math, technology, team building, and paper folding. Using the backward design model, an intervention curriculum was created. After experimenting with my pedagogy it is apparent that students need to work with their hands. This study is the beginning of an ongoing study to find the best practices for teaching underachieving students in mathematics.

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