How I Use It
Currently, I use Redbird Mathematics in three different settings. I implement and maintain the use of the program school-wide at an independent school in an urban city. I implement the program with a STEM summer/Saturday program in a rural community. My son also uses it for additional practice at home. In all three settings, the use of the program is successful. Because of its' adaptability to students' levels, it is easily implemented in various settings. Kids enjoy working at their own pace. The professional learning that accompanies the program is also very helpful. Teachers are able to refer to specific videos and resources to easily implement the program with their students and families.
Redbird Mathematics is based on sound research and practices in mathematics. The lessons, games, and projects are appropriate for varied levels and backgrounds of students-specifically gifted, ELL, and general ed students. Students who require more support in math skills may need direct teacher support as they work through the lessons. Younger students (Grades K-1) also require more teacher support with utilizing technology as well as staying encouraged to persist through the lessons. The detailed data helps to inform instruction of small groups, whole group review, and advancement for teachers and administration. In addition, using Redbird Math at home gives parents an opportunity to observe their child's process skills and provide support or encouragement as needed. Being able to use Redbird Mathematics in a blended learning environment (versus the traditional math classroom) has been one of the greatest rewards to our school and community programs!