City College Academy of the Arts, New York City Department of Education
eMATH Curricula Provides Scaffolded Learning for Students
Siaka Kone has been a math teacher at City College Academy of the Arts (CCAA) in New York City for 12 years. CCAA is a 6-12 early college school with a 98% graduation rate where students graduate with as much as two years of college credit in partnership with City College of New York.
Siaka has been using eMATHinstruction (eMATH) curricula for five years to prepare his students for college courses. He uses eMATH because it is accessible for students. He says the scaffolding provided in the eMATH lessons allows students to engage with the curriculum and advance through the material effectively. Each lesson and each exercise within a lesson builds upon previous concepts and prior knowledge and includes fluency, application, and reasoning problems. Units early in each course set the foundation, while later units develop more abstract concepts.
Due to the intentionality and scaffolding of the lessons, Siaka says he doesn’t need to provide as much direct instruction for students and can focus on guiding students through the exercises and engaging in discussions about the concepts.
I’m a big eMATH fan. I like the way eMATHinstruction is scaffolded. It takes the kids from a place of comfort and eases them into the concept. It allows the teacher to step back and allow the students to discover the concept based on prior knowledge.Siaka Kone, Mathematics Teacher