Will my child be spending virtually all their class time on the computer?
The Maths Pathway model suggests students learn in a variety of different ways, one of which being on computers, however this isn't all they do. We encourage schools to teach students maths with individual work, teacher-led group work and open-ended whole class activities. Your child's teacher will be the best person to speak to about this.
My child still has a traditional textbook — is this still being used?
The Maths Pathway model does not incorporate the use of a textbook. The individualised learning module activities that students complete are replacing the need for a traditional textbook.
My child has a question about how to use Maths Pathway — how do they get help?
If your child has a technical question regarding the Maths Pathway student portal, the best person for them to speak to is their maths teacher.
What happens if my child doesn’t understand something they are learning in their individualised learning modules?
All of our modules are fitted out with worked examples and help videos. On top of that, your child's maths teacher should be able to explain anything they're having trouble understanding -- and if your child doesn't ask for help, we'll automatically pick up that they're struggling with a particular module after they've failed to master it through cycle tests a couple of times. When that happens, the teacher is alerted, and they'll know your child needs help.
Is the teacher still teaching the class from up the front of the room on the whiteboard?
Students participate in individual work, teacher-led group work and open-ended whole class activities. During some of these different activities the teacher may present some information from the front of the class, however this may not be every lesson or to every child. As the Maths Pathway model is highly individualised, it is important that each individual student’s needs are being met, meaning different content will be presented to students via different modes of teaching and learning.
If the teacher isn't explaining everything to my child, how can they learn new things?
Students receive explicit instruction and examples individually, because every student is learning something different at any given point in time. This is done through written explanations, worked examples, and videos that students can watch. Teachers also work with small groups to broaden their understanding of a concept and they work with individuals to provide extra instruction when students get stuck.
According to the Maths Pathway system, my child is below grade level with their maths. How can this be when on last semester’s report the teacher said they were doing okay?
This question would be better answered by your child’s maths teacher, than us – however we do offer a general explanation, found in this article.
My child has a maths tutor. How can the tutor best help with Maths Pathway?
The best way is simply to have the student log into their own account at home with the tutor. There are a few things the tutor might be interested in seeing:
- The learning map for the student, which can be accessed by clicking the 'Start new activity' button on the current Learning Cycle. If a student is currently working on a module, they may need to quit or finish that module first. The learning map will give the tutor a good idea of what the student is ready for.
- The previous Learning Cycle, which shows the modules that weren't mastered on the last test. This can help the tutor to target specific problem areas for the student.
- The assigned work that the student has. Any work the student has already completed in the current Learning Cycle will show up as a green circle. Clicking on that green circle brings up the worksheet for that module. This can also help the tutor to target learning for the student.