Struggling With Math? Join the K12 National Math Lab!
Math is a subject that gives many of us trouble, which is exactly why we created the K12 National Math Lab. The lab is designed to meet the needs of those students below grade level in math, as determined by various tests (including Scantron and state testing).
Below is a quick rundown of the K12 National Math Lab, how it works and who can benefit from it. If you have additional comments about the math lab, let us know in the comments at the bottom of this post and we will gladly answer them.
What is the K12 National Math Lab, and how does it work?
The mission of the National Math Lab is to provide students who are struggling in the area of math with a researched-based supplemental math program that focuses on changing the culture of learning mathematics by promoting inspiration and self confidence through thematic projects and activities as well as real life projects and activities.
When a student is determined to be falling behind, the student may be invited to join the Math Lab by their teacher, in which case the student would choose a time that works best for them. To verify your eligibility, please contact your homeroom teacher.
There are five subjects available and each subject is covered over a nine week period.
It is important to remember that the National Math Lab is supplemental to the K12 Math Program. It does not replace your student's regular K12 math class, and continuous progress is expected in your local math course.
Additionally, supplemental hours should be logged for the National Math Lab in the attendance tab on the OLS.
You might find this video handy in explaining the National Math Lab in more detail.
Who is eligible to participate in the National Math Lab?
The K12 National Math Lab is available to students, grades 5-11, enrolled in a K12 or K12-Partner school only. To verify your eligibility, please contact your homeroom teacher.
Students who are identified as struggling in math may be identified by the school as a candidate for the K12 National Math Lab. Additionally, a teacher may refer a student to the Math Lab if he senses that the student is struggling with a particular math topic.
Each school determines its own set of criteria for who is eligible to participate, but as a rule of thumb, we use Scantron and state test score data as well as teacher referrals to identify students who need the extra help.
What subjects are covered in the National Math Lab?
Math Lab covers five different content areas, each covering nine weeks: Here is a quick summary of each content block:
Students learn to master addition, subtraction, multiplication and division of numbers. The unit begins with simple problems. As the unit progresses so does the difficulty of the problems students are learning to master. Number Sense is a required content block for all students entering NML. This content area is a key building block for math content knowledge.
Fractions, Decimals, Percents, and Ratios
This unit focuses on each of the topics listed above. Students begin the unit working with fractions and decimals. Students are mastering the process of adding, subtracting, multiplying, and dividing using fractions and decimals. From there, students learn how to use percents and ratios in real world problems. They master how to read and set up ratios, how to turn fractions into percents and how to determine the fraction of a number based on its percent. This content block is also a required block for NML students.
This unit focuses on students mastering the principles of measurement using both U. S. Customary units and the Metric system. Students solve problems involving area, volume, and mass. Students also master converting to different units within each system and between systems.
This unit focuses on the principles of geometry. Students master the operations involving triangles. This includes the different types of triangles and finding the angles within them. They learn about parallel, perpendicular, and intersecting lines. Finally, students learn the theories and operations involving circles.
This unit focuses on the principles of algebra. Students learn the terminology and operations involved with algebra. Additionally, students will learn different concepts involved in finding unknown variables within an equation.
How can a student access the K12 National Math Lab?
The National Math Lab sessions are live sessions, just like a Class Connect. Once a student is invited to the lab, they can sign up and choose a time that fits their schedule. The National Math Lab sessions will then show up in the student's Class Connect schedule in their OLS.
The link is only available from the student account, and students can only enter their Class Connect session at the scheduled time, not before.
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