This school year, Kelly Castronova, an Austintown Intermediate School third-grade teacher and Math Committee member has helped introduce a new learning tool for students, called B.U.I.L.D.
This tool allows students to explore mathematical topics through hands-on learning. Every day the students have a workshop to complete about a topic in math. Each letter in B.U.I.L.D. represents one of the five topics: B - Buddy Games, where students work with teammates on playing mathematical games; U - Using Manipulative teaches students to use manipulatives to explore topics such as multiplication; I - Independent Work, enabling students to display their knowledge of concepts; L - Learning About Numbers, enabling students to learn to recognize patterns in math through exploration; and D - Doing Math, allowing students to complete an activity related to the current topic.
''Overall, B.U.I.L.D. has helped to enhance the students' understanding of math through exploration activities and repeated practice of current topics,'' Castronova said. ''The students learn through doing math hands-on and in cooperative learning groups.''
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Students at Austintown Intermediate School participated in mathematical games during the Buddy Games of B.U.I.L.D. week at the school. Pictured clockwise from left are: Tyler Castro, Brayden Melia, Abby Hughes, Riley Berardi and Michael Easton.