Q: Is there an ideal level for the EMPower series?
A: The EMPower Student Book pages include situations and instructions that require some proficiency in written English. Students who test at NRS low and high intermediate levels or grades 4-7 grade level equivalency in mathematics are the best candidates for EMPower. Such students may have some familiarity with basic operations and know some number facts but might be unable to retain some basic operations and know some number facts but might be unable to retain some procedures or perform them accurately or reliably.
Students at a higher level can benefit from EMPower if they have trouble getting started on a problem on their own, or if they are anxious and shut down when they see equations that look complicated. EMPower sets them up to be more independent, to test multiple solution paths, and to feel more confident in being flexible with numbers.
Q: I have classes that are widely multi-level. Can this work?
A: Many teachers see a wide range of levels within a group as an obstacle. Turn the range of levels to your advantage. Focus on students’ representations. This gives everyone the chance to see that answers emerge in several ways. Slowing down deepens understanding and avoids facile responses. Having calculators available can even the playing field.
See the prerequisites for more information