Creating magical activities for struggling math students is one of my favorite things to do. Teaching fun memory strategies, hooking techniques, color coded steps, drawing strategies, and color implementation can be the secret weapon to igniting joy in the learning process.
Over the years, I have found that many of my students have trouble with factoring and multiples. As a result, I have created a new publication to make the learning process both enjoyable and memorable for both the teachers and the students. Now, teachers have all the tools that they need to teach these concepts in a multisensory and effective way. Students can learn the concept once and continue to remember the process over time.
All of the following strategies are integrated into my publication Mathemagic Magical Math Instruction: Factoring and Multiples.
- Memory Strategies: Implementing memory strategies helps students encode the new material.
- Hooking Techniques: Presenting hooking techniques is ideal for anxious learners that tend to forget what they know in testing situations. This strategy enables learners to see the answer in the question.
- Sequence of Steps: Breaking down math computations into a series offers a step by step approach.
- Drawing Strategies: Offering drawing activities allows creative learners to come up with their own, self-generated strategies.
- Color Implementation: Providing coloring activities helps to make the learning process fun and relaxing.
- Game Integration: Creating fun, interactive games as well as suggested kinesthetic learning activities allows students to practice in groups.
Dr. Erica Warren is the author, illustrator and publisher of multisensory educational materials at Good Sensory Learning. She is also the director of Learning to Learn and Learning Specialist Courses.