Many students struggle with math because they rely on arbitrary memorization techniques to answer specific questions. With this approach, students do not gain a substantive understanding of fundamentals and simply cannot adjust to more sophisticated problem solving. With Symphony Math, these problems are resolved.
Building a solid foundation - Developing a true understanding of Math concepts
The best practices in developmental psychology and cognitive science are the cornerstones of Symphony Math. Our uniquely designed delivery methods ensure that students – regardless of learning styles or knowledge levels – fully grasp fundamental mathematical ideas, even for difficult-to-explain and abstract concepts. The result is a solid foundation for acquiring higher math skills, as well as a positive learning experience.The primary elements in the Symphony Math approach, which cover Florida Math standards in grades K-5, include:
Conceptual Sequences of the Most Important Mathematical Ideas
A tightly connected progression forms the conceptual sequence of Symphony Math. These underlying “big ideas” provide the foundation for mathematical learning. As students master each big idea before moving on to the next, they learn to succeed with more complicated math later on.
Teachers play a key role in the instructional process and have immediate data and offline resources to assist students individually or in small groups. There is no guessing by the teacher and her time is used wisley to instruct on the skills her students need the most.
Every Student can be good at math
Notice in the intro video for students, Symphony emphsizes a growth mindset.
The focused instructional path of Symphony Math ensures every student knows they can be a success from the very beginning.
Multiple Ways of Knowing
Six distinct activity environments provide multiple representations of each concept and integrate with the conceptual sequence.
Learn the formal language of math
Story problems deliver real-life applications of the concepts and help students who learn better through narratives and examples.
This learning environment fosters fluency once a student has demonstrated understanding of a concept using manipulatives, symbols, language, and story problems.
Conceptually understand what the concept “looks like”
Students learn the meaning of the symbols by explicitly connecting them to visual representations. An example is that a student must use symbols to construct the number sentence, “4 = 1 + 3”
Manipulatives automatically appear to help students working at this abstract level.
Symphony Math focuses on the foundations for success in mathematics. The Scope & Sequence provides an overview of the main concepts that are addressed in each Stage and Sub-Stage, along with the main Florida State Standard that applies to each concept. Mastery Round Levels (MR), or timed mastery rounds that practice math facts, are activated when students master particular Stages. Students work on the Mastery Rounds separately from their work in the conceptual Stages.
Symphony Scope and Sequence - 26 stages from number sense to fractions and decimals
Your students are very specifically led through a path of instruction that is specific to their abilties. Symphony Math analyzes thier progress with each activity every day and adjusts automatically - not just once a month or when students are tested.
Symphony provides the solid foundation in math that will prepare your students for for success. Contact me if you would like to turn all of your students into "math students"!