Over the past few years, Alex has been working closely with program coordinators, regional offices of education, and school districts to design and deliver highly engaging math camps. These camps help migrant students excel in math, be confident in life, and dream big for their future!
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5 Things Migrant Student Program Coordinators Want to Know About the Math Success Camps:
1) What is the ideal number of days needed to run a Math Success Camp?
The typical length of time is three consecutive days, usually over summer break, or during a school vacation. However, we are more than happy to work with you to design a program that works best for your students.
For example, during the school year, we’ve run the camps only on Saturdays, and during the week as part of the afterschool program. We’ve also done a single “Day of Motivation” for a school district. After discussing your specific needs, we’ll work together to design a program that works!
2) What does a typical day look like during a Math Success Camp?
Each day is designed carefully and intentionally, and combines teaching students the critical math skills they need to succeed with numbers, as well as important “success skills” to be successful in life.
Here is a sample schedule of what each day will consist of:
8:30 am – 9:00 am
Arrival and Welcome
9:00 am – 10:00 am
Number Sense Building Activity: Students explore, discuss and reflect upon a critical component of their mathematics curriculum.
10:00 am– 10: 15 am
10:15 am – 11:00 am
Conquering Word Problems: Strategies migrant students can use to read effectively, understand what is being asked, choose the proper strategy to solve the problem, and reflect upon whether their answer is reasonable.
11:00 a.m. – 12:00 pm
Essential Success Skills Training: Topics to be covered include how to maintain eye contact, how to introduce yourself and speak confidently, time-management and goal-setting.
12:00 pm – 12:30 pm
12:30 pm – 1:30 pm
Guest Speaker/Collaboration Activity: Students hear from a guest speaker (either from their own community, or via video conference), who was once a migrant student and went on to have a successful career. Then, students use mathematics to solve creative, real-world and challenging problems.
1:30 pm – 2:00 pm
Wrap-up and review of day.
3) Can we use this as an opportunity to train our teachers?
Absolutely! Alex is a nationally-recognized speaker throughout education, and is happy to lead additional days of professional development for your teachers, where he’ll share his teaching tips, approaches and effective strategies. Teachers are also invited to be an integral part of the Math Success Camps, working side-by-side with Alex, so he can offer immediate feedback (and they can offer Alex some!).
When we build capacity for all our teachers, our migrant students can work toward and achieve true success.
4) Is there a way to get our parents involved?
Yes! A leading expert on parental involvement, Alex is more than happy to conduct an evening session for the students’ parents, to help them support their children in school and at home (he even speaks Spanish pretty well!). He can also meet with parents each afternoon, at the end of the day’s camp.
5) How many students do we need to run a Math Success Camp?
A seasoned teacher, Alex can handle any class, large or small. That being said, the ideal number of students for an experience like this is 15-20. In order to insure the best possible learning conditions for everyone, it’s best not to go over 25 students (but if a few less show up, or a few more want to slip in, Alex always welcomes them!).