010: How to Ensure Students Repeat Math Concepts to Proficiency

Trillium Montessori Talks

Mar 15 2022 • 17 mins

Repetition is key to students’ understanding of certain concepts, and no subject requires more repetition than math. For most students, however, repetition in math doesn’t come naturally. Instead, we as teachers must find a balance between letting them take charge of their own learning and gently encouraging practice and repetition.

In this episode, we’re talking about the different ways you can ensure your students practice math skills to proficiency. We’re explaining why some students don’t naturally gravitate towards materials when practicing math concepts, and we’re sharing some tips and tricks for encouraging them to do so.

What’s in this episode:

  • How to find balance between freedom and structure in math lessons
  • How our own feelings about math can rub off on our students, for better or for worse
  • How to structure a math lesson to inspire repetition and understanding
  • Why you should encourage and teach students to use the materials, not assume they’ll know how to use them
  • How to provide scaffolded support for students who need it
  • How to create variety for your students in terms of math exercises and materials
  • How to explain math’s relevance to our daily lives and interests
  • How practice partners can encourage students to practice and repeat math concepts
  • Why it’s important to include your students in the planning process of your math lessons and practice schedule


For full show notes, resources, links and to download the transcript, visit trilliummontessori.org/podcast


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