iMath Academy uses the Singapore math curriculum by Marshall Cavendish, titled Math In Focus, published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. view publisher's website
A Pedagogy Fit for RtI
Highly Scaffolded Curriculum
Math in Focus adapts instruction to the needs of individual learners through scaffolding, the systematic sequencing of prompted content and support to optimize learning. The ultimate goal of scaffolding is to gradually remove the supports as the learner masters the task.
Math in Focus uses this approach to introduce new concepts and increasingly difficult problems. Scaffolding is apparent in the concrete–pictorial–abstract approach that appears throughout the program and in the sequencing of the word problems that go from one step to two step to multistep. Teachers can easily individualize instruction to meet RtI Tiers 1, 2, and 3.
Math in Focus uses the bar modeling method as a problem-solving tool that is taught explicitly beginning in Grade 2. Students become familiar with this systematic way to translate complex word problems into mathematical equations and avoid the common issue of not knowing where to start. Word problems grow in complexity from one step to two step to multistep, which enhances students' ability to think critically in a systematic process.
Extra Practice and Reteach opportunities are provided for every lesson. These can be implemented on a whole-class basis for RtI Tier 1, on a small-group basis for Tier 2, or in individual settings for Tier 3 modifications. Math in Focus Teacher's Editions provide tips for helping struggling students at point of use and reference additional Reteach and Extra Practice pages for additional support.
Reteach (Struggling Students)
Reteach provides more exposure to concepts for those students who need more time to master new skills or concepts.
Extra Practice (On-Level Students)
Extra Practice pages correlate directly to the Workbook practices. Put On Your Thinking Cap! questions provide more practice on both non-routine and strategy-based questions.
Enrichment (Advanced Students)
Enrichment exercises of varying complexity provide advanced students opportunities to extend learning.