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MIND Research Institute Ships New Algebra Readiness Supplemental Courseware

Posted Oct 5, 2007
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MIND Research Institute has shipped ST Math : Algebra Readiness Supplemental, a new courseware title that is designed to prepare struggling middle school students for success in algebra. The program expands MIND Research’s line of research-based mathematics courseware for elementary students into the middle school level.

According to the announcement, this supplemental program was developed in response to the national crisis of students failing algebra in middle schools and inspired by the recent call from California for a new core course in Algebra Readiness. ST Math: Algebra Readiness Supplemental supports the Algebra Readiness concept, which covers a tightly focused set of foundational math skills (grades 2 to 7 content) to help students below grade level get fully prepared to succeed in Algebra I.

ST Math: Algebra Readiness Supplemental, for students requiring math intervention in grades 6 and above, applies MIND Research’s Spatial Temporal (ST) computer exercises to help meet this need. The courseware provides a visual learning path for pre-algebra skills from a basic level of math principles up through introductory algebraic equations. The program can be used to either prepare students before they enter an Algebra I class, or as an intervention to help students already struggling with algebra. The program was developed by MIND Research co-founder Dr. Matthew Peterson, the neuroscientist who created the original ST Math program and whose research has focused on applications of neuroscience to learning environments.

ST Math: Algebra Readiness Supplemental is organized into modules that enable students to learn and practice major concepts such as the number line, variables, place value, rates and ratios, long division, fractions, decimals, negative numbers, word problems, the coordinate plane, equations of a line, and exponents. The content is mapped to both national and state standards.

The program helps each student build this arithmetic foundation through language-independent visualization of math concepts that facilitates both self-paced instruction and solid understanding and retention of concepts. The game metaphor of the instructional activities engages students regardless of initial math proficiency, and provides a gradual increase in problem difficulty, from simple confidence-inspiring levels up to challenging multi-step problem-solving. Students progress at their own rate, advancing to the next level or game only after they master each skill.

For information about ST Math: Algebra Readiness Supplemental, educators can visit www.mindinstitute.net.

Source: MIND Research Institute, www.mindinstitute.net


 
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