Abstract by Brittany Hopper
Math Labs as Intervention for At Risk Students
Interventions for students at risk for passing mathematics are often “bandaid” solutions, in which students are assigned packets, repeat a grade or class, or are drilled on procedures in order to pass a test. At-risk students, however, are arguably more in need of conceptual understanding- not just passing grades. Math Labs show some potential as an intervention method that can involve the 5 strands of mathematics (including conceptual understanding) in the learning process. I describe a case study of a Jr High Math lab and examine possible characteristics of success or positive impact for at-risk students.