FAQ


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Our computer was recently updated to Windows 10. Now we find that we can no longer play the Math-U-See Instruction DVDs. Do you have an updated file that we can download to continue using this program?

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Yes, you’ll need to install a video player to use the DVDs on your Windows 10 operating system. One option that has worked successfully for other customers is found at www.videolan.org; download the VLC media player. (Please note, this is a third-party website and Demme Learning is not responsible for the content.)

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How do I decide where to place my students?

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Placement is based on skill level, not grade level. Please contact our customer support team for help with your individualized placement questions.

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How are the videos intended to be used?

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The videos are intended to be ongoing professional development for teachers as preparation for classroom instruction. For older students who struggle with a particular concept, watching the video may provide additional clarity to supplement the lesson as presented by the teacher.

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How does Math-U-See align with Common Core State Standards?

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Our curriculum focuses not only on mastery of procedural skills but also on understanding the concepts and principles which explain and support skill mastery. Visit our Common Core State Standards section for details.

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Are the manipulative blocks required?

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Yes. The manipulative blocks are the key to Math-U-See. We have found that those who are most successful in mastering and understanding each concept are those consistently using the manipulatives as recommended.

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How many sets of blocks will I need for my classroom?

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Ideally, classrooms would have one Integer Block Kit per student.

However, it may be possible to use fewer Kits, based on the following considerations:

  • If one or two students will be working independently with the blocks at the same time, order one Integer Block Kit.
  • If three or more students will be working independently with the blocks at the same time, order one Integer Block Kit for every two students.
  • If students working in groups will be building different problems at the same time, order one Integer Block Kit for every two students in each group.
  • If students working in groups will be building a single problem at a time as a group, order one Integer Block Kit per group.

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What do the titles of the books in the General Math series mean?

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They are the first six letters of the Greek alphabet. Using Greek letters expresses sequence without indicating grade level. Math is sequential. One of the distinct elements of Math-U-See is that we are based on developing sequential learning skills. Our sequence progresses according to skill level rather than grade level.

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Are there special offers or discounts for larger orders?

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Please contact your sales representative to discuss any special offers that may be available with large orders.

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Does Math-U-See assume the use of calculators?

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Each classroom setting is unique. Math-U-See teaches math facts strategies so that students can do math without a calculator or other assistive devices. Therefore, we do not require the use of calculators in our lower level lessons; however, the use of calculators should be used in alignment with each teacher’s classroom instruction.

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How does Math-U-See work in a Flipped Classroom? Or a RtI setting? Or Special Ed?

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The Math-U-See methodology is flexible enough to work in a variety of educational environments and classroom styles. With our integral multi-sensory approach, our curriculum is quite adaptable. Please visit our Educational Settings section for more specific information on using Math-U-See in a flipped classroom, Response to Intervention (RtI), or Special Education, or contact us.

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Can Math-U-See be used as a supplement to what we are already using?

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Because Math-U-See is a complete stand-alone math curriculum designed for small group learning environments, it is an excellent core replacement curriculum in an RtI Tier 3 classroom setting. In General Education, the Math-U-See methodology may be used to teach individual concepts or ideas. In Tier 2 instruction, while Math-U-See is not designed to be a supplement, you may, with discretion, adapt certain lessons to supplement your curriculum.

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We have given the Alpha Competency Exam to a student. If they score 80% or higher do we switch to Beta?

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Alpha is a critical level because it focuses on addition facts. In practice, if a student scored an 80% or higher on the test and it took them a reasonable amount of time, without the aid of any math assistive devices like a calculator or fingers, then they should take the Beta level test.

However, if a student scores 80% or better but is slow and uses counting strategies for addition problems, then we recommend one of two courses of action.

  1. Have the student go through the Alpha level.
  2. Follow the suggestions in the “Students Needing Fact Strategies” found in the Professional Development Training Modules.

Q:

On the Progress Monitoring, if a student gets 90% accuracy on a Unit Pre-test, are you able to skip the Unit and move on to the next one?

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Teacher observation is the key in determining the student’s mastery of materials on any test. If the student scores higher than 80% AND in the teacher’s observation they confirm the student has mastery, then that particular unit can be skipped. Proceed to give the next Unit Pre-test and follow the same steps.

Q:

Can we view samples of the materials prior to purchasing?

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Please contact your sales representative to discuss your specific needs.

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What is the recommended amount of time for a lesson?

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Time in a lesson has two components, the overall lesson and daily time needed.

In every setting the overall length of a lesson depends directly on the student. Some students master the materials in two to three days, while others need seven to ten days or more to grasp some concepts. The key is not to move on until mastery has been achieved by the student.

On a daily basis, we recommend at least 10 minutes of direct, explicit instruction, “Build, Write, Say,” during Steps 2 and 3 of the 4-Step Approach. In some environments, more time may be needed. In RTI Tier 3 or Special Education environments, it is recommended that class sessions last between 45-60 minutes, four or five times each week.

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What is the recommended class size for using Math-U-See?

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We have found that the most successful implementations have between four and eight students in a given class session with no more than two levels of materials (ex: Alpha/Beta) being taught in that session. Once classes get larger than eight students, it becomes more difficult to ensure that all of the components of the program are being used with fidelity.

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To close the achievement gap in students with discrepancies to grade level, what is the recommended pacing?

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Each student is unique; therefore, this will depend on the needs of each student. However, as a general goal for students with moderate to severe discrepancies, we recommend a goal of completing one level of material per semester, based on student data documenting mastery.

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