Welcome to the BGMS Ipad Instructional Integration blog: Thirty iPads, nine teachers, two administrators and 400 students.
January 4, 2011
Math and SpEd
In a Special Education classroom, you often find that students can completely understand the new procedures and math in front of them, but continually get the answers wrong. This is a direct result of students never grasping the basic skills of math- being able to perform addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division. I find that many of hem, especially when its 8th grade, will be afraid to admit this shortcoming, and fake the funk all the way through the lesson or simply rely heavily on the calculator. So in the end, any knowledge they may have acquired is "tainted."
The Math Board application I mentioned in the last post comes in incredibly handy for working with basic skills. The step by step guide and instruction on each of the operations helps students see the proper way to perform basic skills operations, and reinforces the tricks and skills we developed back in September.
Another common issue displayed in my classroom is frustration. For the students who dont remember the old math, and cant quite grasp the new, they can shut down in class or act out because of the frustration. The MathBoard app helps with the basic skills, but often times I pull up a Math game through the game center app and let those students focus on that while working with the rest of the class. It allows the frustrated students to refocus themselves while also building math skills. The rest of the class can refocus on the work at hand, and when the student acting out is ready, he'll rejoin. The other students dont get upset or complain because they know that if they were to ever need teh same timeout, the iPad is there for them as well. With the IEPs, it is easy to customize and tailor activites to specific student needs. And the trackers within the program allows me to mark their progress in their binders and on their IEPs.
Luckily, management with iPad in a 12 to 1 class is rather easy. My students know the rules for access, understand the how to properly care for it, and they use it well. With that trust that we've built up throughout the year and the relatively small classrooms and class sizes, I can easily stay on top of the students and what they are doing on it.