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Module: Helping Students Do Math

Introduction to the Module

This module is designed for paraprofessional educators who wish to find out more about math and how to help students learn to do math. It covers a range of topics relating to math instruction. It presents these topics in enough depth to enable a paraprofessional to gain confidence about offering math instruction under the guidance of a teacher.

Topics in this unit are:

In each unit, there are various learning activities. An overview summarizes the major ideas presented in the unit; a video webinar presents relevant information. Each unit opens with an introductory challenge to stimulate thinking about the topic and ends by revisiting the challenge on a deeper level. Various other materials help the module user think about the information and practice the skills that the unit discusses. In a couple of the units are documents providing links to on-line resources related to the major topics.

Module Objectives

Upon completion of the module, Helping Students Do Math, the paraprofessional educator will meet the following Council of Exceptional Children (CEC) objectives and the following Ohio Partnership for Excellence in Paraprofessional Preparation (OPEPP) objectives as they pertain to the support of math instruction.

Source of Standard

Standard Number

Domain of Practice

Standard

CECP8K1KnowledgePurposes of assessment
CECP1S1SkillUse basic educational terminology
CECP3S3SkillImplement levels of support appropriate to academic and social-emotional needs  of individuals with exceptionalities as determined by the instructional team
CECP4S3SkillSupport individuals’ with exceptionalities use of self-assessment, problem-solving, and other cognitive strategies as determined by the instructional team
CECP4S4SkillAs determined by the instructional team use strategies to facilitate maintenance and generalization of skills
CECP4S7SkillSupport the use of learning strategies and study skills to promote acquisition of academic content as determined by the instructional team
CECP4S8SkillUse instructional strategies and materials as determined by the instructional team
CECP4S9SkillAdapt instructional strategies and materials as determined by the instructional team
CECP4S10SkillModify pace of instruction and provide organizational cues as determined by the instructional team
CECP4S13SkillUse an individual’s responses and errors, especially a pattern of errors, to guide next instructional steps and provide ongoing feedback as determined by the instructional team
CECP4S14SkillRe-teach and reinforce essential concepts and content across the general curriculum as determined by the instructional team
CECP6S7SkillSupport individuals with exceptionalities in the effective use of vocabulary in multiple environments as determined by the instructional team
CECP7S3SkillUse instructional time effectively
CECP7S5SkillUse age and ability appropriate instructional strategies, technology, and materials for individuals with exceptionalities as determined by the instructional team
CECP9S13SkillReflect on one’s performance to improve practice
OH1.1SkillSupport the use of effective and culturally responsive instructional strategies in reading and mathematics
OH1.2SkillSupport the use of explicit, direct, systemic instruction when prior knowledge is weak or non-existent, as determined by the instructional team
OH1.3SkillAdapt strategies and materials, and differentiate instruction in response to student need as determined by the instructional team
OH1.4SkillImplement academic interventions to address student needs as determined by the instructional team
OH1.5SkillObserve and collect data as part of progress monitoring as determined by the instructional team
OH1.6SkillFacilitate small-group instruction
OH4.3SkillHelp student gain exposure to words and numbers to develop literacy and numeracy skills; incorporate literacy into everyday activities, as determined by the instructional team

Module: Helping Students Do Math

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