Ocean City Today

Math instruction improves for Worcester Co. students

By Kara Hallissey | Jun 29, 2017

(June 30, 2017) Origo Stepping Stones, a math teaching tool, was initially implemented into special education classes two years ago in Worcester County schools.

When those students started outperforming children in kindergarten through fifth grade, the schools decided to introduce the program countywide.

Stepping Stones, a digital platform which allows for individualized learning and group work, was rolled out this school year. The main lesson of the program references prior knowledge to get everyone involved. It can include either a problem or key math concept. Students work in groups to help solve the equation.

Origo Stepping Stones builds a conceptual understanding of what is being taught by targeting the individual needs of each child.

The lesson ends with questions regarding the goal and discussion.

Teachers have noticed positive cultural shifts using the tool, such as fewer behavioral problems, increased student discourse and improved morale.

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