Addity's Approach to Instruction
At Addity, we employ a structured use-based learning approach where our students do not passively receive instruction but actively participate in growing their own knowledge and understanding. Every session, our classrooms transform to create a challenging yet fun environment to learn in. Young children are capable of abstract reasoning and can benefit tremendously from using those higher-order thinking skills. Our systematic QED approach ensures that every question is answered and the answers built upon through structured practice.
As educators, we understand that in a typical classroom, enormous differences exist between the weakest and the strongest students as early as Grade 1. Learning styles and motivation is varied as well. This gap in ability, knowlegde and motivation unfortunately makes it difficult for the teacher to enrich individual learning effectively in a regular classroom. Cognitive Science research suggests homogeneous grouping is actually necessary for motivating students. While stronger students when not adequately ch
allenged in mixed-ability classrooms might never even be discovered, students who are struggling to keep up are left behind further. Thus, a student enters the Addity program at his or her individual level within his or her grade. Our custom-tailored lesson plans ensure that all students are appropriately challenged. Our students work with other students at the same level in groups of less than five to promote co-operative learning. Our experience has shown that these small groups allow the teacher to effectively instruct students with similar learning needs while promoting a ‘team spirit’.
Moving between levels and even between grades is always a possibility for the motivated.
Addity offers so much more than tutoring or gifted instruction. We enrich the learning that happens at school. We motivate our students to go beyond the expected. Each question is challenging enough to provide the student with a sense of accomplishment when completed without making them anxious. At every grade and every level, our team of experts determine the topics to be taught, their order and even the methods and examples that best allow teachers to explain each topic.
Students attend one or two sessions each week. The program in each grade progresses through the year, from September until June. Additional practice material is given to students to be completed before each class.
At Addity, we believe progress should be measurable.Each of our students has their ownPersonal Progress Tracker (PPT). Goals are set for the individual student early on in the semester and tracked every session. Short quizzes are a normal part of our lessons and an invaluable tool for both students and teachers.
We also have group trackers where students work towards increasing the average of their little group while competing with other groups. This ‘team-sport’ keeps our kids motivated.
Educational Quality and Accountability Office (EQAO) tests measure student achievement in reading, writing and mathematics in relation to Ontario Curriculum expectations.
In addition to the EQAO (which our students may take in Grade 3 or 6), we encourage and prepare our students to participate in a variety of national and international mathematics competitions.
Math Kangaroo is an international mathematical competition with more than 40 countries that take an active part in it. There are twelve levels of participation: from grade 1 to grade 12. The competition is held annually on the third Thursday or Saturday of March. According to the organizers, the key competence tested by the Kangaroo is logical combination, not just pure knowledge of formulas. Because of the rising popularity of the Mathematical Kangaroo in many participating countries, it is currently the most participated scholar math competition: over 5,000,000 students from 47 countries took part in 2009. (source: wikipedia)
More information here: https://kangaroo.math.ca
Canadian Open Math Challenge (COMC)
The COMC is Canada’s premier national mathematics competition that is open to any student (generally Grade 8 and above) with an interest in mathematics. Organized by the Canadina Math Society every year in the fall, it’s purpose is to encourage students to explore, discover, and learn more about mathematics and problem solving. The competition serves to provide teachers with a unique student enrichment activity during the fall term.
The Math League Contest
The Math League has Math Contests for Grades 4 through 8, Algebra 1 students, and High School Students. Over one million students from the United States and Canada participate in Math League Contests each year. Every contest has questions from different areas of mathematics. We teach and train our higher grade students registered for the Math League Contest through their school.
We also have our own celebrations every semester to recognize student progress.