The pressures placed on students who take state tests can be enormous; the pressures on special education students are incalculable. Evelyn Herron, Teacher of the Handicapped at Emma C. Attales School in Absecon (Atlantic County) understands the unique difficulties her students face and has created a program to help them improve their Grade Eight Proficiency Assessment (GEPA) scores. Through a $932 grant from the NJEA Frederick L. Hipp Foundation for Excellence in Education, Herron?s project, Math is Sweet, is designed to prepare special education resource students for the mathematics section of the New Jersey GEPA.
Specifically crafted around student comments concerning their frustrations with the test, students will hone their calculation and word problem skills and will become more comfortable with using a calculator.
Using a gingerbread house kit, they will concentrate on the following skill areas:
- Designing and building a gingerbread house;
- Measuring and calculating area and perimeter;
- Using the Pythagorean Theory to calculate the size of ladders to reach the roof of the house;
- Using estimation, meter, rulers, and ratio to design furniture;
- Computing surface area and volume.
The assessment goals for the project include achieving an 80% mastery level of the skills included on the GEPA.
For further information, contact:
Evelyn D. Herron