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Special Education
Math-U-See provides a firm foundation in mathematics for students struggling in mathematics and with special needs. Teachers are provided the tools, skills and training needed to present an explicit, structured, systematic, and cumulative program using multi-sensory teaching techniques. Since 2004, Math-U-See has been working with Special Education Teachers to teach students who are struggling in math or have special needs. These students are showing tremendous improvements and are closing the achievement gap. Math-U-See unique approach targets each individual student and focuses on their needs.

Students receiving special education services in Albuquerque Public Schools demonstrated amazing gains through the implementation of Math-U-See.

In-Services are readily available along with Math-U-See Teacher Certification

The success of Math-U-See in Special Education is not due solely to the curriculum or any one person, but rather it is the combined efforts of the Teachers, Trainers and School Administrators that come together and utilize the curriculum effectively! It takes a team to ensure the resources, communication, education and follow-through are available for all involved.

How does the program work in a Special Education setting?

The Math-U-See system works in Special Education the same way it works in other markets. Because we focus on the individual student we are able to meet the unique needs of each student. The mastery approach utilized by Math-U-See is unique and designed to give the teacher clear understanding of when a student is ready to move to the next lesson.

Math-U-See is broken down to teach specific skills that build as the student progresses. This SYSTEMATIC and CUMULATIVE approach uses a definite, logical sequence of concept instruction. The Math-U-See system is STRUCTURED with step-by-step procedures for introducing, reviewing, and practicing concepts.

WHY is Math·U·See Successful with Special Education?

Explicit Instruction - directly teaches skills for math.

Systematic and Cumulative - has a definite logical sequence of concept introduction.

Structured - uses step-by-step procedures for introducing, reviewing and practicing concepts.

Multi-sensory - engages visual, auditory, and kinesthetic channels simultaneously or in rapid succession.

Progress Monitoring - uses ongoing progress monitoring with frequent opportunities to re-teach.

Our 4-Step Approach to Closing the Gap and Improving Test Scores
Here are the four steps that will help you get the most from the Math·U·See curriculum:

Step 1. Prepare for the lesson
As the teacher, watch the DVD to learn the concept yourself, and see how to demonstrate this concept with the blocks or fraction overlays. Also, read and study the examples in the Instruction Manual.

Step 2. Present the new topic
Present the new concept to your students using these three presentation models:

Build it: Demonstrate how to use the blocks (or fraction overlays) to solve the problem
Write it: Show the problems on paper as you build them, step-by-step.
Say it: Explain the "why" and "what" of the math you are doing.

By using Build, Write and Say (explained further on the DVD), you are helping the students to use their eyes, ears and hands to learn.

Step 3. Practice for mastery
Using the examples and the Lesson Practice problems from the Student Text, have the students practice the new concept. Coach them through the building, writing and saying process. It is one thing for students to watch someone else do a problem: it is quite another to do the exercise themselves. Do enough examples together until they can do them without assistance.

Step 4. Proceed after Mastery is Demonstrated
Once mastery of the new concept is accomplished, proceed into the Systematic Review pages for that lesson. Mastery can be demonstrated by having each student teach the new material back to you. Let him build the problem with the blocks (or fraction overlays), write it as he progresses through the problem, and say what he is doing as he works the problem. The goal is not to fill in worksheets, but to be able to teach back what has been learned.

Your students will be ready for the next lesson only after demonstrating mastery of the new concept and continued mastery of concepts found in the Systematic Review worksheets.

"Tell me and I'll forget; Show me and I may remember; involve me, and I will understand."
~Chinese Proverb

To which we add, "Let me teach it and I will have achieved mastery!"

Q. Does Math-U-See meet the NCTM standards or Focal Points?

A. Math-U-See does meet the (7) Seven recommended research-based practices recommended by the U.S. Department of Education and the Institute for Education Science. More information can be found here.

But, because Math-U-See is a skill-based program, and not a grade-based program it does not specifically correlate to any state or national standard including the NCTM focal points due to their grade level expectations. The sequence of instruction in Math-U-See is unique. The scope of our curriculum does cover the mathematical concepts from basic number recognition to Calculus just not in the same order.

Q. How is Math-U-See Implemented?
A. School or District-Wide Implementation:

Math-U-See is designed to work in either single school or district wide implementations of Special Education where small group and 1:1 instruction are the norm. In schools where Math-U-See is selected as an intervention program, students should have instruction for 15-20 minutes each day. There are many requirements for implementation of Math-U-See at any level. For information based on your unique situation please contact us at

Math-U-See is not designed for implementation in large classroom situations.

Q. Do teachers need training to implement Math-U-See?
A. The Instructional Pack (Manual and Video) provide the instruction necessary for successful implementation in most situations. Following the 4-Steps of Math-U-See most teachers will see students progress in their understanding of mathematics.

However, Math-U-See does offer in-service training and certification training for districts looking for more hands-on initial training for the teachers. These in-service trainings are extremely helpful to help new teachers understand how Math-U-See works and to answer many of the common questions SPED teachers need to know. Knowledgeable, seasoned trainers of Math-U-See are available throughout the year. Please contact us at 800-454-6284 to schedule a training or to talk about options.

Q. Since the program is sequential from one level to the next, do students have to complete each level?
A. Math-U-See is a skills-based program, if a student has mastered materials in lower levels they do not need to complete those levels. Placement of students is based on their individual skill, not a grade level. The placement tests are available online as a free download.

Q. How long is a Video lesson?
A. The video lessons vary between 4 to 15 minutes in length. The average lesson is around 5 minutes long. The longest lesson, Place Value, is 15 minutes.

Q. Do we have to follow the 4-Steps of Math-U-See?
A. These steps are critical to the success of the program. Historically, we have found that those who have chosen to follow their own plan or use Math-U-See in a more traditional approach have not seen the tremendous gains of those following this sequence.

The program's structure and systematic presentation of concepts has been carefully considered to ensure students master mathematics.

Q. Can Math-U-See be used in conjunction with other math curricula?
A. Due to the unique scope and sequence of Math-U-See, paralleling it with another program will be difficult. Teachers who are trained and well versed in the Math-U-See methodology may find opportunities to present concepts in the Math-U-See method while using other curricula. As a general rule, the Math-U-See curricula provides all of the mathematics a student needs.
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