Multi-Sensory Math Manipulatives
Thank you to the Goddard Education Foundation and generous donors. Innovative Teacher Grants are engaging Goddard Public Schools Students in new and exciting ways each day. In Kristina Scott’s Elementary Math classes, her Innovative Teacher Grant is putting math in the palm of her student’s hands (literally!).
Mrs. Scott’s Innovative Teacher Grant provided TouchMath into her small group instruction classes. TouchMath is a research-based method of instruction with the ability to bridge the gap between concrete and representational mathematics. These manipulatives provide students with another unique learning experience that helps them achieve learning goals. “This is that One More Thing as a teacher I needed to help some of my students ‘get it’, says Mrs. Scott.” She goes on to say, “It helps bridge the gap visually using these manipulatives and adds to a variety of different tools we have to offer concepts based on the needs of each student.”
In the short time utilizing these new manipulatives, Mrs. Scott has seen a positive impact in students, not only by improving their math skills but also by increasing their self-esteem and confidence that comes with understanding math concepts. First Grade student, Vada Moore said “Making the numbers felt good. It made me feel like I was doing it on my own. I know how to draw these numbers now.” The excitement of Mrs. Scott's rising mathematicians was evident in her math class as her students’ smiles lit up the classroom, smiles that captured the moment they “got it”.
Without our generous donors, resources like TouchMath would not be possible for our Goddard USD Students. The Goddard Education Foundation is dedicated to creating opportunities and expanding possibilities for Goddard students to be successful learners, like Vada Moore a rising first-grade Mathmetician.