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1 MATH BOOT CAMP…… Getting Students into Shape Fast!

2 Andreana M. Grimaldo Associate Professor of Mathematics Quinsigamond Community College 670 W. Boylston Street Worcester MA 01606

3 QCC’s Developmental Math Program MAT 099 Intermediate Algebra MAT 095 Beginning Algebra MAT 090 Basic Mathematics (Placement by ACCUPLACER score)

4 MAT 090 BASIC MATHEMATICS Must score 26 on placement exam Approx. 800 enrolled Fall 2010 Curriculum: whole numbers, fractions, decimals, ratio and proportion, percent, statistics, signed numbers. Cumulative final exam, score 73% to advance 58 – 62% success rate

5 Math Boot Camp 2010 Goal: Quickly remediate mathematics skills for advancement in the mathematics sequence. Grant funded MAT 090 Basic Mathematics focus 1 week in August Small pilot group (20) Lunch and materials included Free

6 Grant Funded McNair Grant Partnership with Disabilities Office Creation of program Instructor and Assistant Salary 3-ring binder workbook MyMathTest access Lunch Miscellaneous supplies

7 1-Week Schedule Monday: Expectations/Whole Numbers Tuesday: Multiply/Divide Fractions Wednesday: Add/Subtract Fractions Thursday: Decimals/Percents Friday: Review/Accuplacer

8 Daily Schedule 8 – 9: Optional independent work 9 – 10: Group activity; mini-lecture 10 – 11:45: “Take a Test”; study plan 11:45 – 12:30: Lunch break 12:30 – 1: Quick activity; mini-lecture 1 – 2: Independent work

9 Workbook 3-ring Binder Paper/pencil 1 Skill Builder per section Based on MAT 090 Basic Mathematics Integrates study skills Addresses different learning styles

10 Group Activities Getting to Know You Fishy Fractions! Fraction Puzzle Be a Bargain Shopper! Which is Greater? Munchkin Math!


12 Results 71% of students advanced at least 1 level of developmental mathematics 21% of students advanced 2 levels of developmental mathematics 75% of disabilities students advanced at least 1 level of developmental mathematics

13 Lessons Learned 9 – Noon Homework time Paper/MyMathTest Narrow population Basic Math population Algebra population Charge small fee

14 Future Plans Intersession Course (January) Pre-Basic Math Population Summer Course for incoming freshman - orientation Summer course for high school students Integrate into MAT 090 semester course

15 Questions

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