In East Lothian we have been piloting MR Tracker. Here is a brief overview:
Maths Recovery is a system of teaching based on a clear understanding of the conceptual stages by which young children acquire knowledge and understanding of number. The rigour of the knowledge that underpins Maths Recovery allows teachers to make classroom learning and teaching more effective at all ages. It is very useful for ‘recovering’ children who are failing to grasp number, and it also can be used to develop number strategies in average and very able children.
MR Tracker is a joint project between East Lothian Council and The Maths Recovery Council UK & Ireland. It is has been adapted from the SNAPTM teacher development programme (Math Recovery Council US) to provide class teachers with an insight into Maths Recovery, moving the teaching of numeracy to a constructivist and active approach.
Assessment and Tracker:
The individual assessment interview has been designed to focus on the key aspects of early numeracy development. It does not culminate in a score. Rather,the interview indicates a child’s performance along progressions, in several aspects of early numeracy development. The progressions for each child (Tracker) provides a clear view of each child’s understanding of the various aspects of numeracy. This data is invaluble in planning active numeracy sessions that differenciates for a range of student development. A class tracker can also be completed in order to provide a scaffold for organising active numeracy sessions that will insure progress for each child.
MR Tracker Training is a two-day professional development programme based on the new Maths Recovery book: Teaching Number in the Classroom with 4-8 year Olds ( (Wright, R.J., Stanger, G., Stafford, A. and Martland, J. (2006). London: Paul Chapman Pub./Sage) ISBN 1-4129-0758-6. ) Within these two days candidates learn more about the ways in which children acquire early number; understand how to conduct and use a diagnostic assessment interview & use Maths Recovery teaching strategies to create effective active-numeracy lessons within their classroom.
Candidates will also be provided with an easily accessible folder that provides:
•§ Individual assessment interviews to establish where the child is with early numeracy.
•§ Developmental progressions with anchor points to inform daily teaching
•§ A cumulative record of each child’s growth
•§ Class profiles for more effective planning of Active Learning
•§ Hands on activities that enable every child to be successful in understanding number.
•§ Teaching Number in the Classroom with 4-8 year Olds. (Wright, R.J., Stanger, G., Stafford, A. and Martland, J. (2006). London: Paul Chapman Pub./Sage) ISBN 1-4129-0758-6
•§ MR Tracker teachers are supported by fully trained Maths Recovery Teachers. In addition to practical advice, Maths Recovery teachers can, through diagnostic assessments and interventions, support identified children.
Look out for news on how the programe is developing here.