How is your math class structured? I know that Jon and Kyle have (essentially) a review day, where students work back on standards that they struggle with…

But if you have 8th graders that you need to loop back and do remedial multiplication with, that’s a little trickier. If they are struggling with that, then they’re probably having issues with current content, too?

One thing that I do to help kids that are struggling over fundamental concepts, is I give the whole class to work on them, but maybe in a different way: maybe the issues the kids are having is that they don’t remember a lower-number multiplication fact, and so have no tactics to fix it. And everyone gets stuck, so everyone can benefit from common tools.

The multiplication example could be solved by showing how to mutliply with either the area model (which can tie in nicely to multiplication of bi and trinomials, or you could circle back and show how ratio tables can be used when you get stick with multiplication.

Does that make sense?

I guess maybe do you have more information for me to go off of?