SUMMIT, NJ - The first grade teachers at Franklin Elementary School teamed up to apply for a grant from the Summit Educational Foundation (SEF) for math activities that are compatible with New Jersey’s new Common Core Standards.

Michelle Hawley, Summit’s Instructional Facilitator, is working with the first grade team to develop a program to teach math in a similar way to Summit’s model advanced by the Teachers College for Reading and Writing Workshops.  The traditional form of teaching math is in a whole classroom setting.  The new model is beneficial for students because it is more tailored to the individual learning needs of each student.  More specifically, the math centers and activities help both those students that need additional support to reinforce math concepts, and those other students that need additional challenges and math enrichment.

First grade teacher Amy Chambers stated that, “The games and activities provided by SEF have enhanced the learning experience of my students and given them additional support in practicing new math skills.” 

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