Models of Intervention in Mathematics: Reweaving the Tapestry

The National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) has recently published a book edited by our Lead Academic Advisor, Dr. Catherine Twomey Fosnot. The book, “Models of Intervention in Mathematics: Reweaving the Tapestry,” approaches intervention with the belief that “it is not the children who fail. As Marie Clay once said, ‘If children are unable to learn, we should assume that we have not yet found the right way to teach them’” (p. vii). Dr. Fosnot, with the help of many colleagues, offers a new vision for intervention models.

Some of the questions explored in this book include:

  • How is success in mathematics defined?
  • How is success in mathematics assessed?
  • What teaching practices support students in becoming mathematical thinkers?
  • How does curriculum support students in becoming mathematical thinkers?
  • How can technology support students in becoming mathematical thinkers?

These questions are explored in eleven chapters authored by leaders in elementary mathematics who reference current research and offer thoughtful case studies to provoke the reader to consider a new vision of intervention.

Two of our very own DreamBox teachers, Mickelle and Becca, co-authored a chapter titled, “Differentiating through Computer Environments.” They explored how technology can be used to offer adaptive, personalized online learning for students. Case studies of students learning with DreamBox are used throughout the chapter as a powerful illustration. The book is complete with a Facilitator’s Guide including discussion questions for each chapter, which offer opportunities for reflection whether reading it alone or as part of a book study.

Interested in learning more? Read an excerpt from the book, or visit NCTM’s online store to purchase. Already read the book? We’d love to know what you think – just leave us a comment below!

Jessie Woolley-Wilson

Jessie Woolley-Wilson

Jessie Woolley-Wilson is President and CEO of DreamBox Learning®, Inc. Before joining DreamBox, Woolley-Wilson was President of Blackboard’s K–12 Group and President of LeapFrog SchoolHouse. She also held leadership positions at, the interactive division of the College Board, and at Kaplan, the leading test preparation company in the U.S. She serves on the boards of several educational organizations including the International Association for K–12 Online Learning (iNACOL), Camelot Education, and the Woodrow Wilson Foundation. Locally, she serves on the boards of Island Wood, an environmental learning center that connects children to the outdoors, and Seattle Venture Partners International. She has also served as a member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Technology and Education, and has presented at TEDx Rainier, SXSWedu, and DENT. Wooley-Wilson was awarded the 2015 Executive Excellence Award in the CEO of the Year category by Seattle Business magazine; she was on the Forbes “Impact 15″ list for being a disruptor of education; and she was honored as a “Woman of Influence” by Puget Sound Business Journal.
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  • The authors show a hands-on approach accompanied with technology is a good method of problem-solving. Great information!

  • We strive to inspire a love of learning in young learners with our engaging, adaptive learning technology. We want to encourage exploration and help students develop a solid foundation for math. We stress conceptual understanding that, with frequent use, helps students develop fluency. Over time, young learners will develop stronger problem solving and critical thinking skills that will help them in middle school, high school and beyond.