Episode 95 | The Best of ZPC – What Could a Math Intervention Course Look Like?

This week we take a look back at our most popular episode we’ve ever produced. If you’ve heard it already, listen again…you may find something new. If you missed it the first time around, you’re in for a treat!

Chris is joined via Google Hangout by Karen Wootton an author and director for CPM Education (formerly College Preparatory Mathematics). They discuss a project CPM has in the design phase right now. Students who have struggled with Algebra 1 or some of its precursor courses are often directed into a second course in mathematics typically called “Math Intervention.” Typically the structure of Intervention courses is that of a deficit model of student. “These students do not have enough mathematics, therefore we need to give them more of the same mathematics in the same way to support the ‘Real’ math they do in their core course.” What Karen, and the team at CPM are doing is turn this idea aside, based on the idea that mathematics is a human attribute and all the students they teach are human, mathematics is a part of who these students are. The trouble, as they see it, is the mathematics that the students are given to study does not connect to them at all. Therefore the content of the CPM Intervention course is intended to be more fluid, flexible and open to adaptation.

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