I’m a math teacher. I love math. I love teaching math.
Up until now? My daughter hated it.
I think she didn’t see any value in it. It wasn’t fun like reading, it wasn’t interesting like science. It was boring.
Until now. Olivia’s intervention specialist, Mrs. G., came up with a creative and fun way to do addition. Bulldozer Math!! Olivia has always had a really difficult time with 1:1 counting (where she picks up the object and counts it and stops at a certain number). It’s been on her IEP as a goal FOREVER. Well, folks, she’s finally doing it!!
You’ll notice in the video that Mrs. G is holding her hands. Olivia still needs help with using her fine motor skills. Wearing a fashionable outfit and a witty sense of humor? Yes. Holding a pencil to write her name? No. So Mrs. G still helps her pick them up and drop them. You’ll also notice that Olivia’s a bit distracted but then you’ll get to see Mrs. G’s patience of a saint!!
Mrs. G also noticed that Olivia does better with reading and such when the material is upright. She got these numbers over the summer and I think they’ve helped a ton. She also uses “bulldozer” because she knows Olivia loves that kind of thing. Then she rewards her with a silly voice which is another of Olivia’s favorites. She’s a genius, Mrs. G, I’m telling you!!
I’m thrilled that Olivia is using words such as “all together” and “equals” too because it shows true understanding of the concept and not just memorization. It was cute though during conferences when I asked Mrs. G to show this to me. She gave Olivia “1 + 2” and before they could go through the process, Olivia said “It’s 3!” She already knew it and was annoyed at having to show me such an “easy” one. I loved it.
Turn up your volume really loud because my girl talks really quiet. Mrs. G is working on having her say it “Loud and Proud” but we’re not quite there yet. Unless she’s calling her brothers stupid or poopy-head. Then she’s really loud.