An important goal of ST Math is that students take a conscious role in their learning so they can more easily apply what they learn in ST Math to other situations. ST Math’s unique, patented approach provides students with equitable access to learning through challenging puzzles, non-routine problem solving, and formative feedback.
When a student finds a puzzle too challenging, the puzzle’s animation provides immediate and formative feedback. Students should use what they see in the animation to help them figure out the answers to the puzzles for themselves. Observe struggling students play the game to see what is being presented and why they are stuck. Use the embedded facilitation questions in the Tips tab to probe student thinking during gameplay. Coach students through the puzzle using these questions in combination with the Problem Solving Process. Also, use the animation controls to help slow down the formative feedback and encourage discourse.
The facilitator’s role should include the following:
- Monitor students while they are working.
- Periodically ask students how they are solving the puzzles.
- Ask facilitating questions to probe student thinking.
- Use the animation controls to slow down the puzzle’s feedback.
- Use the Problem Solving Process to help students figure it out for themselves.
- Offer math tools or manipulatives.
- Encourage the use of paper and pencil.
- Encourage students to revisit a previous level and review what they learned there.
- Try using manipulatives to help kids work though the problem.
You can also use Facilitating Questions to help students who are stuck.