Target Math enhances our classroom learning while spiraling back through what has previously been taught. I love the questions as they are often posed with higher level question stems. (TEKSas Target Practice, 4th grade, digital user)
Were your ears burning? Last week, a team of visiting teachers paraded through my classroom after school during a school tour and they looked all around my room at the Vocabulary posters all over my walls. They remarked about how colorful and helpful these posters were and asked me where I got them. I told them all about you. Keep up the good work! I use these posters every day in my teaching and more importantly my students use them every day in their learning.
I am a second grade teacher in Virginia. We received one copy of the Target the Question math program to try out. At first I was skeptical about the program and thought it was just something else I had to find time for. As soon as I set up the bulletin board for the program it got the students attention. We began using Target the Question during the second week of school right after finishing morning calendar. After about three weeks of using the program every day the kids started enjoying it and I was starting to see results during our regular math period. Each morning when I plug in the overhead the kids know it is time to put on their critical thinking caps and do Target the Question. Depending on which day of the week it is I always review the question or information from the day before. Then we review the overhead transparency. I will ask a student to predict what they think the question for the day is. The children get very excited and want to see the question quickly. Following the steps of the program I put the question in the pocket I made on the bulletin board. Then I ask the kids to find the important information (numbers and clue words) needed to answer the question. I circle the information on the board from the transparency, and underline the clue words on the pocket. Then the students set to work writing their number sentences. Upon completion of the number sentence we write an explanatory statement about our answer. We have been doing this part as a group, and are working towards writing it independently. Because of this program my class has learned what a number sentence is, how to write one and why it is different from a regular sentence. They are also more in tune with the important information found in math stories or word problems. On our regular math practice pages I see them circling this information to help them solve the problem. My children are also very good at writing their own math stories, because we work with them every day now. I have told the curriculum coach at my school what a great program I think Target the Question is. Other teachers have (observed) Target the Question and really like the way that there are specific steps to follow for each problem. I think this program teaches children the strategies.
I was one of the first teachers to use Target Math at my previous school district, and it was amazing. I believe my students performed better on the state assessments because of this amazing product. I am sad that my current district does not have it because it is an amazing resource to have. It is worth every penny.
It is always exciting to review best practices for all students and encourage our special educators that TEKS based instruction can be accessible to students with disabilities. We appreciate the structure, visual representation, and strategies embedded in your product design. Thanks for your generosity and support!
We have had several schools across Texas (one coming as far as 5 hours away) to look at our math program and why we have such high scores on STAAR. We are definitely pushing your product because we believe in it and feel that it is why we do so well on testing each year! We couldn’t do without it!
My name is Sharon Shafer. I am a fifth grade teacher at Hempstead Elementary. I was first introduced to Lone Star Learning last year at the CAMT conference in San Antonio. At first, I was reluctant to use their products because I was a fan of a different program. A third grade teacher from my school finally talked me into trying the program. Thank you Lone Star Learning! This year my students went from barely passing TAKS to 95% passing with 41% Commended Performance! My 5th graders love using your TEKSas Target Practice program and it is very easy to implement. Thanks again!