Provide struggling students with explicit instruction of the 16 fundamental maths concepts and skills - those topics identified as the most important instructional goals for each year level.
• Five-part lessons are highly visual, engaging and clearly presented.
• Three levels of scaffolding include: student support, student accountability then problem–solving experience with practice problems that increase in difficulty.
• Step-by-step support helps teachers easily differentiate instruction and minimise planning time.
• Modelling helps teachers introduce each skill simply and confidently.
• Useful tips and embedded professional development guide instruction.
Interactive Whiteboard Lessons - preview lessons or review previous lessons from any level and use manipulable models to enhance instruction. Works with STAMS Plus and Solve.
Click the Samples tab above to view sample pages from the STAMS Plus student book and teacher guide.
Part 1: Guided Instruction: The teacher guides the students step by step to apply each skill immediately after it’s modelled, so understanding how to solve a problem is still fresh in students’ minds. Lessons are also available as interactive whiteboard lessons.
Part 2: Modelled Instruction and Guided Practice: Part two follows the same predictable structure as part one and addresses a closely related skill. These two parts work together to solidify student understanding. Lessons are also available as interactive whiteboard lessons.
Part 3: Modelled Instruction and Guided Practice: Once students have developed a firm understanding of the lesson topic, part three introduces them to multiple-choice questions like the ones they might see on state and national tests.
Part 4: Modelled Practice and Guided Practice: In part four, students are shown step by step how to answer an extended response problem and then follow the model to independently solve a problem.
Part 5: Independent Practice: Because of the scaffolding and the gradual release of responsibility throughout the lesson, when students reach part five they will be prepared to successfully answer questions
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Interactive Whiteboard lessons are available for each lesson in STAMS Plus Books C–H. The IWB lessons offer students opportunities to question and explore mathematical concepts in greater depth.
• IWB lessons can be used to supplement instruction in part one and part two of each lesson.
• IWB lessons can also recap and review previous lessons from any level before beginning instruction.
• Features, such as cloning and dragging objects, and whiteboard tools, such as highlighters, keep students actively engaged in learning.
• Teacher notes help maximise the instructional impact, more fully preparing students to complete the related Solve practice independently.
IWB Lessons and Solve
• IWB lessons can also be used to review the concept or skill prior to assignment of each Solve® practice.
• Teacher notes help maximise the instructional impact, more fully preparing students to complete the related Solve® practice independently.
Now let’s focus on one of the best features of the program – the STAMS Plus Teacher Guide. Not all teachers consider themselves maths experts. The Teacher Guide is so detailed that even if you’re not confident in teaching a particular skill, you will learn quickly the best way to present it.
This easy-to-use resource is filled with useful tips and professional development opportunities to help you provide the best instruction possible. Each lesson is designed to support students and teachers through the learning process. Master teachers helped develop the Teacher Guides to make sure you can anticipate any problems and confusions that students might have. Each lesson includes:
1. Lesson Objectives quickly identifies goals for students
2. Related Australian Curriculum Standards identifies the standards covered in the lesson
3. Prerequisites list the skills students should have already mastered to be successful in this lesson
4. Related STAMS Plus Lessons help you differentiate instruction by listing precursor lessons students might need
5. Vocabulary lists key maths terms from the lesson, with definition
6. Maths Background helps teachers understand why the content of a particular lesson is important for students to learn
7. Interactive Whiteboard makes every lesson a powerful and engaging visual experience for students and teachers alike
8. Reduced student pages help you know exactly where your students are in a lesson
9. At a Glance provides busy teachers with a snapshot of the important lesson elements
10. Tips provide thoughtful ways to help students understand a concept
11. EAL/D Support alerts you to words that might be making it harder for English language learners to learn a skill
12. Error Alert points out common errors students make that lead them to an incorrect answer
13. Additional Activity references a specific activity that supports each lesson part. As well, there is a page of additional activities at the end of each lesson with five questions activities: a hands-on activity; reteaching activity; vocabulary activity; real-world connection; school-home connection; and challenge activity.
14. Answer Analysis explains why an answer is correct and also shows the types of errors students make that lead them to choose an incorrect answer