Parents often ask me: “What are your favorite math resources? And, I usually say it depends on the kiddo.
Usually I ask myself questions like these:
What are my learner’s strengths?
How does she like to learn? Does she like to:
– Follow sequences
– Watch someone do something and then imitate
– Listen to an explanation and then do it
– Discover on her own
– Play a game
What are her interests?
What math concepts or skills does she already know?
How much prep time do I need to make or create the resource? (or) What’s my budget to buy the resource?
Once I know a bit more about the learner, it is easier to make a better match….
… As a veteran educator, I’ve worked with many, many math resources over the years. I have lots of favorites, but I haven’t found many that worked for all learners. When I’ve worked in schools that dictated the curriculum I was to use, I would think about the kids in my class and figure out ways to “supplement” the curriculum to meet their needs and incorporate their interests. When I have the opportunity to personalize learning for kids, I choose resources that are a good match for the individual child’s needs and interests.