Multimedia Resources and Application for First Grade Math Teachers

Session Description
American students are struggling in the area of mathematics achievement. According to the most recent Programme for International Student Assessment results from 2015, United States 15-year olds ranked 40 out of 71 countries in math, and 29% of American students did not meet the test’s baseline for basic math proficiency (Heim, 2016). Studies on using songs to teach mathematical concepts indicate that they can improve students’ mathematical attitudes and achievement (Kocabas 2009; Yee Pinn Tsin, 2015).

We will be presenting a professional development mini-online course for first grade teachers to help them incorporate videos and songs that teach math concepts and strategies into their curricula. Note that some songs were used as part of the Kocabas, 2009 study. Some materials have been developed recently, while others have been used in classrooms for up to 18 years. Teachers will assess students to find out if materials promote positive attitudes and increased achievement in their classrooms. They will also learn to analyze other materials for effectiveness.

  • Jennifer Kramer, University of Hawaii at Manoa, Honolulu, HI, USA
  • Andrew Muccio, University of Hawaii at Manoa, Honolulu, HI, USA
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