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In-home and at-school Manhattan private pay math tutoring for K-5 students.
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With Manhattan Letters’ elementary math tutoring, students are assessed using several researched-based programs, such as the EasyCBM and Go Math. These are great tools that allow us to see if your child is caught up to speed with their elementary math skills (click here to see the skills as broken down per grade level).
What is Multisensory Math?
Multisensory math is a three-dimensional sequential way to learn math. Everyone can benefit from multisensory math particularly those who struggle with math.
Orton-Gillingham Approach in a Math Setting
The Orton-Gillingham approach is a multisensory approach to teaching literacy. It involves using auditory, visual, sensory, and kinesthetic elements to help students understand the connection between language and letters or words.
Multisensory math applies the same principles to mathematics instruction. It encourages the use of touch, sight, hearing, and movement–when learning and teaching a new concept. Marilyn Zecher, M.A., CALT, a certified academic language therapist and specialist, speaker, and former classroom and demonstration teacher, expanded and developed this approach further. She applied and combined the Orton-Gillingham Approach with evidence-based practices based on neuro-imaging studies and NCTM and What Works Clearinghouse recommendations.
Zecher emphasizes the language of math, stressing that the language of instruction is crucial during the process of concept formation and developing skills towards application. Multisensory math uses the Concrete, Representational, and Abstract (CRA) instructional sequence and explicit language to help learners grasp math concepts more effectively.
To ensure effective instruction using the multisensory math approach, learners must be taught explicitly, practice skills consistently, and learn new concepts through CRA.
Concrete (Touch) – This aspect of multisensory math refers to touch. Teachers use tangible objects to represent concepts or numbers, such as breaking apart foam shapes (or using other manipulatives) to demonstrate fractions.
Representational (Drawing) – After concrete or tactile demonstration, teachers can then introduce the representational or drawing aspect. This technique encourages a learner to create his or her own visualization of the concept learned. It also aids students to facilitate their own connections and allows them to write down what they are thinking.
Abstract (Symbols) – Once they have fully understood the lesson introduced and built up during Concrete and Representational, the next stage is the abstract or symbols sequence. Traditionally, teachers introduced math lessons using only abstract concepts (numbers and symbols). And while this has worked for some, other learners find it difficult to grasp math ideas without concrete or visual representation.
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Math Concepts that Learners Should Master
According to Zecher, learners must master four conceptual horizons that lay down the foundation for higher levels of math. These are:
- Pattern Recognition and Subitizing – Being able to identify quantity instantly or subitizing is a key concept in math and is one of its foundations. The best way to see quantity is through patterns. Having the ability to visualize numbers is crucial in developing a strong number sense. It opens the path to operational fluency and understanding number relationships. An example of subitizing would be recognizing dice patterns: One can visually identify the number or quantity without having to count or tap each dot. Likewise, it is also important to recognize number bonds and understand that numbers can be decomposed or broken down (such as 8 into 3 and 5 or 2 and 6).
- Place Value – Using craft sticks is a great way to teach place value using multisensory math techniques. As the number gets larger, learners can see the quantity change and feel a heavier weight. Likewise, it helps learners visualize the difference between a number’s standard (the number’s name = 125) and expanded form (what it is made of = 100 + 20 + 5).
- Distributive Property – This refers to a learner’s ability to act on larger quantities and understanding that those quantities can be broken apart or decomposed and act on those numbers. To illustrate, consider 15 x 3. Learners must first understand that 15 can be decomposed into 10 and 5. They can then distribute (multiply) 3 and add those quantities to find the product of 15 x 3.
- What is ONE and all its many names – This refers to the concept that any number written over itself is equivalent to one. Hence, multiplying or dividing by some form of one only changes the composition of the quantity and not the quantity itself.
Getting Started on Multisensory Math Techniques
Multisensory teaching methods were first applied in literacy and reading instruction. But over the years, learning specialists have found that the same multisensory approach can also be effectively used when teaching math. Particularly, when it is applied using the CRA framework.
To get started with multisensory math, it is important to take advantage of skills that a learner has already mastered. From there, new concepts can be introduced using the CRA method. Using manipulatives is integral in multisensory math, but these do not need to be expensive. Some items commonly used are:
- Craft sticks
- Beads and string
- Base ten blocks
- Interlocking cubes
- Color tiles
- Foam stickers
- Flat marbles
- Dice/Dominoes (only up to six)
Here are some multisensory techniques for teaching math:
- Visualizing with manipulatives such as beads, color tiles, or blocks is an excellent technique to teach basic operations like addition and subtraction. By seeing how quantities change, young learners get a better understanding of how math operations work. Visualization also helps children understand amounts and develop number sense.
- Using cubes or tiles to build shapes lets children have a concrete and physical representation of measurements and properties.
- Drawing math problems is an excellent way to reinforce hands-on activities as it lets children illustrate their thinking and the concept they learned.
- Tapping out numbers allows children to “feel” the value of numbers. It helps students better understand and make connections between symbols and actual amounts.
- Using songs to help memorize math rules and introduce new concepts.
- Incorporating movement into math through play and games
- Using bundling sticks or coffee stirrers to teach regrouping and place value. This can also be done using base ten blocks.
- Using a hundreds chart is an excellent way to teach number relationships to children.
- Cutting pizza into slices to introduce and teach the concept of fractions. By cutting up a paper or cardboard pizza, you allow children to see what fractions look like as they select slices.
Find more multisensory math information and resources here:
Our Manhattan elementary math tutors can help your child with the following:
Number Lines – A number line is the visual representation of numbers such as fractions, integers, and whole numbers. The numbers are laid out evenly on a straight line, which allows students to picture number sequences. Number lines can be used to compare and order numbers as well as to demonstrate techniques for counting, adding, subtracting, multiplying, and dividing.
Addition – As one of the basic arithmetic operations, addition is defined as combining two or more groups of objects into a single group. In math, addition refers to the sum or total of two or more numbers. Learners must also understand the properties of addition in order to work with numbers more effectively.
Subtraction – Subtraction refers to the mathematical operation where an amount is taken away from the total. Like addition, subtraction possesses properties that are key in mastering the operation. Identity property and inverse operations both apply to subtraction. However, it is neither commutative or associative.
Division – This operation refers to the process of sharing a number into smaller groups or distributing into equal parts. It is the inverse operation of multiplication. The commutative and associative properties of real numbers do not apply to division.
Multiplication – In math, multiplication refers to finding the result of two or more numbers by adding the numbers repeatedly. A multiplication sentence contains a multiplicand (the number multiplied by another number), multiplier (the number by which it is multiplied), and the product or result of multiplying. Multiplication possesses the commutative, associative, identity, and distributive properties.
Fractions – Fractions are a way of splitting numbers into equal parts. It consists of a numerator, or the number of equal parts counted, and a denominator that represents the total number of equal parts in one whole. Fractions are classified into three types: proper, improper, and mixed fractions.
Decimals – A decimal is a way to write fractions. It consists of a whole number and a fraction of a whole number (any part less than 1) separated by a dot or decimal point. Decimals are expressed in the scale of tens (tenths, hundredths, thousandths, and so on).
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MATH TUTORS IN MANHATTAN, NYC
M.S. ED., NYS CERTIFIED CHILDHOOD GENERAL AND SPECIAL EDUCATION (GRADES 1-6)
Dan has a passion for teaching math and uses kinesthetic/tactile strategies to reach all learners. Dan takes a game like approach with the aim of eliminating any fear or anxiety that a student may experience. Dan brings a wealth of experience to teaching math and is able to seamlessly assess, plan and differentiate engaging instruction for all learners. He has used Go-Math, NY Engage, Everyday Math from the University of Chicago and TERC Investigations. Dan has taught math in grades k-8 and, in addition to teaching new concepts, is able to prepare students for standardized tests.
Michelle L .
Bachelor of Science degree in Cognitive Science with minors in psychology and disabilities studies, Masters in Speech and Language Pathology, & Juris Doctor degree from New York Law School
Michelle is a learning specialist who received her Bachelor of Science degree in Cognitive Science with minors in psychology and disabilities studies from the University of Delaware. She went on to complete her Masters in Speech and Language Pathology at Hunter College, and in 2020 she received her Juris Doctor degree from New York Law School intending to pursue Education Law in the future.
During tutoring sessions, Michelle helps students develop skills from a variety of subjects including reading, math, and writing.
In the area of math, Michelle has experience working with first through third-grade math curricula. She is skilled at helping students enhance their problem-solving skills, and master mathematical concepts through the use of tangible manipulatives and visual aids. She places emphasis on making sure students fully understand early mathematical concepts, rather than just completing problems in a rote manner, as early concepts are fundamental to complete more complex equations in later years.
Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology, MSEd in Childhood Education
Jayne is familiar with TERC Investigations, Engage NY, and Everyday Mathematics. She incorporates various problem-solving methods and helps students best understand the problem at hand. Jayne also works with students to break down multi-step word problems to allow them to understand math word problems.
Jayne begins the tutoring process by getting to know the students on an individual level. Jayne aspires to create a relaxing learning environment, so each learner feels happy and safe. She takes the time to observe and learn about each student’s learning style. Every family she works with has a personalized learning experience. Her students feel supported and encouraged while working with her.
Elementary School Teacher, Master’s in Special Education and General Education (1-6)
Nicole is an elementary school teacher within the DOE of NYC and has over 4 years of experience in NYC schools. Her education includes a Master’s in Special Education and General Education (1-6) from Touro University. Nicole has both her initial and professional certification in general education and special education for grades (1-6).
Nicole has experience using highly rigorous math programs that incorporate elements from a variety of curricula and approaches, including TERC Investigations, Contexts for Learning, and Cognitively Guided Instruction. She uses tools to develop students’ number sense, counting ability, and place value understanding, and builds mastery of operations, geometry, fractions, measurement, and data.
Nicole is skilled at helping students break down multi-step problems and uses math manipulatives to help students with their conceptual understanding. Nicole helps students to think creatively to develop their own approach, which strengthens their ability to apply prior knowledge to new challenges and deepens their conceptual understanding.
Nicole is vastly familiar with the Common Core Standards and has experience with students preparing for the NY State Math Test. In 2019 Nicole had a 100% pass rate for the NY State Math Test with her 4th grade class.
TYPE OF SERVICES: Individualized Math Instruction (grades 1-4)
EXPERTISE: General Education grades (1-4)
AGES: Grades 1-4
Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education, Master’s degree from Touro University in Childhood Education & Students with Disabilities (Grades 1-6)
Kirsten is an enthusiastic educator with four years of lead teaching experience. Kirsten obtained her Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from Eastern Nazarene College and went on to receive her Master’s degree from Touro University in Childhood Education & Students with Disabilities (Grades 1-6). She is certified in New York State in both General and Special Education for grades 1-6. Prior to moving to New York City, Kirsten served as a 1st grade student teacher, day camp director, and 2nd grade teaching intern combating summer learning loss in low-income, high-need communities. Most recently Kirsten taught 4th grade for four years in an integrated co-teaching classroom for a high performing charter school network in New York City. Kirsten consistently worked with classes containing up to 30% students requiring Individualized Education Plans. She served as a grade level leader for a team of 5 fourth grade teachers, providing coaching to other adults and spearheading the curriculum planning across the grade. Beginning in the fall of 2022 Kirsten will teach 3rd grade literacy and math at a private school on the Upper East Side.
Kirsten is especially adept at quickly targeting a student’s highest-need area and making an action plan to reach their specific goals. She has worked frequently with students requiring intensive support in math. She prides herself on getting to know each student on both an academic and personal level to not only best drive outcomes, but also to take into account that student’s preferences and interests. She is passionate about making learning engaging, relevant, and fun! Kirsten combines many modalities within her lessons to help students grasp each concept in interactive and age-appropriate ways. She focuses on teaching math conceptually so that students may unpack problems with many strategies and gain independence in their understanding. She highly values open communication with students and families to work together to best support each student as they progress. Kirsten works with students in grades 1-5 and is highly familiar with the NYS elementary math grade-level scope and sequence.
Location: Manhattan – Upper East Side, Upper West Side, Midtown East
Types of Services: Multisensory Math Instruction & Individualized Intervention, Formal and Informal Math Assessments, and Interventions, Test Prep
Expertise: Individualized assessment and intervention in elementary math, targeting specific learning disabilities
Ages: grades 1-5