As another school year comes to a close, coordinators of the TAP Math initiative are wrapping up what they feel has been a successful pilot year in local elementary and middle schools. The program has reached out to grades K-8 and implements a different learning method to students in math classes.
Never heard of TAP Math?
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Teachers and Administrators Partnering for Mathematics Learning, or TAP Math, allows teachers and administrators to connect and learn how to boost math skills among students. This year in Richmond County, one teacher and one assistant principal from each participating school teamed up to gain further understanding of how students process and comprehend mathematical concepts. The K-8 initiative is supported by a grant from the North Carolina Math and Science Partnership and connects school districts with universities like Meredith College and UNC-Greensboro.
Once a month, assistant principals and teachers from participating schools attended training sessions under the direction of UNC-G Professor Holt Wilson and other university colleagues.
After discussing methods and results in a group setting, these individuals then took the information they’d learned back to the classrooms at their own schools.
This is a new program for Richmond County Schools.
Earlier this year, Director of K-12 Math and Science Kelly DeLong highlighted the success the newly instated program in a report to the board of education.
TAP Math, according to teachers, is helping the children to also learn to collaborate and justify themselves. TAP Math has a program that can be accessed online, and teachers said that within days of signing students on, they saw students completing thousands of math problems from home.