Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
What is the academic focus of the program?
Math intervention for students below grade level in mathematics, according to NCTM and Core Standards.
What grades/ages of children are served?
Grades pre-K through 9
What specific task or tasks do youth engage in during Camelot Learning’s Math Intervention program?
Math activities based on Howard Gardner’s Multiple Intelligences model of learning – kinesthetic, interpersonal, intrapersonal, rhythmic, and spatial learning modes are used to teach math concepts. Expression of those concepts are then transferred to linguistic and logical styles of learning, to directly impact performance in school and on standardized tests. Since traditional teaching is based on linguistic and logical learning styles, students who are not successful most often have alternate primary learning styles.
What does a typical lesson or day in the program looks like?
Forty lessons per theme, for a total of five themes, include odd numbered lessons introducing new knowledge, even numbered lessons reviewing that basic skill, and culminate in standards-based assessment. Scripted lessons are designed to take 40 minutes. The format is as follows:
- Warm Up is a review of basic facts that also serves as a daily formative assessment.
- Introduction and Lesson begins with a motivating question or activity to engage the students, followed by a short lesson introducing new information
- Guided and Independent Practice follow the introduction of new material, where students apply the new information in solving word problems or game format.
- Activity is hands-on, often in game format, and incorporates strategies designed to enhance the understanding/practice of the targeted skill
- Daily Assessment ends the lesson, with students competing in a standards based task. Students also evaluate the accuracy of their classmate’s answers, and justify and support their thinking.
- Vocabulary Review is 5 – 10 minutes of each lesson, reviewing words, operations, definitions, and symbols of operations.
How much time is spent on tasks?
40 minutes are needed to complete a lesson. This can be extended by incorporating additional math games that practice skills taught, which are provided in the teacher guide.
Do students work individually or in groups?
Both, but significantly more in groups than in traditional classroom settings.
What materials are used?
All materials are included – the program is manipulative rich, and the fact that all materials are included significantly facilitates program delivery. Typical materials include rulers, pencils, linking cubes, number cubes, spinners, game boards, scissors, counters, and much more.
What is the role of technology?
Computers are not used at all in this program. Calculators are provided to each student, along with workbooks, rulers, paper, markers, counters, linking cubes, game spinners, number cubes, and all materials needed for the prescribed activities.
What role does staff play during the activity?
Lessons are scripted. Staff deliver the lessons. The option of scripted lesson plans makes Camelot easy to deliver for paraprofessionals as well as certified teachers. It is ideal for 21st Century Community Learning Centers, RTI and Title 1 math intervention funding, due to the ease of lesson delivery.
Do the materials largely guide instruction and staff, or does the teacher have to do substantive teaching?
Following the scripted lessons, materials, all of which are included, play a significant role in ensuring the lessons are delivered correctly. Each lesson includes interactive activities, with lots of manipulatives to engage students and motivate reluctant learners to look forward to participating in Camelot Learning. Staff development PowerPoint is available on a DVD.
Is guidance available for teachers? If so, how?
In addition to scripted lesson plans, which are optional, teacher training is available through Camelot Learning. We encourage school systems to train deeply, so that if 10 teachers are needed to deliver the program, 20 attend the training. Skills learned in this teacher training transfer easily to the classroom, and benefit teachers beyond just delivery of this math intervention program. Alternatively, a Staff Development PowerPoint DVD is available which school systems could keep on site, and re-use year after year.
Does staff receive specialized training or professional development to implement the program?
Staff training is available through Camelot Learning, either in person, or with a DVD. Systems with RTI (Response to Intervention programs,) Title 1 math intervention funding, and 21st Century Community Learning Centers use the DVD year after year. The program is easy to follow, and training is typically 2 – 3 hours, during which time teachers and para-professionals are very comfortable with the format and content of the program. Often school systems have Camelot trainers provide the first training, and subsequently train in house.
Where has this program been implemented (specify states/school districts/CBOs)? What is the provider capacity to implement in a scale of say 20 sites at once?
Camelot provides curriculum and training, and not implementation of intervention services. The provision of curriculum to 20 or 30 sites at once is no problem at all.
Camelot Learning is currently being implemented in 48 states, Washington D.C., and the Bahamas. Those states are:
Alaska, Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Illinois, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Jersey, New Hampshire, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Texas, Tenessee, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming.
What is the cost of materials and project implementation?
Cost of the program depends on the number of students enrolled. Visit our store for pricing details. Training cost is $500 per two – three hour session, plus expenses, and the Professional Development DVD is $75, which follows the same agenda as the personal training.
What is included in the teacher binder?
The binder includes a spiral bound teacher book of several hundred pages, with 40 scripted lessons, answer keys, lesson summary and additional games and activities to reinforce the math curriculum. Also included is a spiral bound student workbook, with all work pages, and an appendix that all students also receive with game boards and game cards. Addtionally, a full set of vocabulary cards on a ring for daily review with students is included, and a score card for tracking daily student progress. All supplies and materials that students receive are included of course, as well as supplemental teaching materials that teachers will need over the course of the theme.
Has this program been evaluated? Does any research exist? Is the curriculum research based?
A third party independent research study was conducted across urban, suburban, and rural middle and elementary schools. See the complete study »
Is the organization offering the program open to considering an evaluation of its effectiveness?
Pre and post tests are available to be scored by Camelot, with data reported several ways, including individual student reports, parent reports, reports for administrators of skill acquisition, and group performance gains. These assessments were designed with 21st Century Learning Center funding and RTI (Response to Intervention), and Title 1 in mind. We are not just open to evaluation, but encourage it. With the purchase of every teacher binder, one copy of the assessments is included for use by the system.
In addition to third party, independent research, what ensures validity in Camelot Learning’s Math Intervention curriculum’s effectiveness?
Every lesson is correlated to NCTM and core standards, which is available on this website for each theme: Number Friends, Number Sense, Computation, Fractions and Decimals, and Geometry and Measurement.
Camelot Learning: More Than Just a Name
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