Mastering Math: Hands-on activities help students

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PETERSBURG, Mich. (AP) — A new, hands-on math program aimed at improving student performance is being used at a southern Michigan elementary school.

Summerfield Schools in Monroe County unveiled Math in Focus at the start of the school year. Officials say the program underscores a stronger mathematical foundation for students and emphasizes number and operations in each grade.

Math in Focus was introduced in 2009. Summerfield is teaching the program to kindergarten through second-grade students and could possibly expand the program.

Five areas are outlined in Math in Focus including a focused syllabus, utilizing visual elements, focusing on number and operations, emphasizing problem solving and recognizing the importance of attitudes and metacognition.

Teacher Leigh Ozuk tells The Monroe Evening News (http://bit.ly/QhDaxz ) the "program helps the kids to visualize the numbers."

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Information from: The Monroe Evening News, http://www.monroenews.com

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