Did you know Mathnasium has centers all over the world?
North America? Yep
South America? Yep
The Middle East? Yep
Despite having over 1,000 brick-and-mortar buildings, the core of each Mathnasium center is the same. Every center uses "the Mathnasium Method,” our patented process for teaching, and the secret to Mathnasium's great success.
Larry Martinek, the creator of the Mathnasium Method, says this: "Children don't hate math. What they hate is being confused, intimidated, and embarrassed by math. With understanding comes passion, and with passion comes growth - a treasure is unlocked."
So let's break down the Mathnasium Method. Today we'll learn about the first step:
The National Council of Teachers of Mathematics explains assessments as, “the process of gathering evidence about a student's knowledge of, ability to use, and disposition toward mathematics." (You can read more here.)
In essence, an assessment is designed to reveal any gaps in the student's understanding of math. And most students have serious gaps. (Read more about learning gaps here.)
Mathnasium of Walnut Creek knows the value of a good assessment. That's why.....
- We give assessments to our students right when they start at Mathnasium. Our math tutors then use the data the assessment provides to create a custom curriculum for each of our students. (Yep, you read that right. Individual learning plans for each student. Wow!)
- Our assessments are great at discovering where the student's understanding starts and where it stops. (This ensures that we never waste any time re-teaching math concepts that a student doesn't need) Rather, we focus on concepts where the student needs help.
- We continue with assessments throughout your child's time at Mathnasium. This shows our Mathnasium instructors two main things: first, how your student is retaining their lessons and second, when mastery of a concept happens.
And that's just the beginning! We'll be learning more about the Mathnasium Method in upcoming posts.