# January 2019 Teacher Spotlight: Fallon Walton

## Meet Fallon - a K-6 Math Specialist using movement-based learning in Latham, NY!

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Below is our interview with Fallon Walton, a K-6 Math Specialist for North Colonie Central School District, located in upstate New York. She works with students at both Blue Creek Elementary School and Loudonville Elementary School.

##### How long have you been a teacher?

I have been teaching for 12 years. I was a Special Ed teacher for 9 Years and the last 3 years I have been a Math Specialist.

##### How did you learn about Math & Movement?

I went to a free Math & Movement Workshop two years ago.

##### How long have you been using Math & Movement in your classroom?

I’ve been using Math & Movement for two years.

##### What changes have you seen in your students since using Math & Movement?

I have seen students use the skip counting clapping or tapping movements to help them with their multiplication facts when working on some problems or taking a test. I have also seen students more engaged and confident in math since using the Math & Movement mats.

Students are enlightened and enthusiastic if they know we will be using the math mats during a math lesson or math centers. The movements have increased number identification for younger students and it has also helped older students become more fluent with their math facts.

##### What is your favorite floor mat and why?

My favorite floor math is the Skip Counting by 2’s mat. I can use it in a variety of ways.

For my Kindergarten students, I use it for number identification for 0-20. I also use it for “making 10.” For example, if we start at 5, how many more jumps do we need to get to 10 (make 10)?

I have also used it with my third and fourth graders who struggle with their multiplication facts – they skip count by 2’s to complete their multiplication facts.

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