October 2018 Teacher Spotlight – Tracy Sforza

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October 2018 Teacher Spotlight


Tracy Sforza

Third Grade Teacher
Camp Avenue Elementary School
North Merrick Union Free School District
North Merrick, New York

How long have you been a teacher?

I have been teaching at Camp Avenue for 19 years. I have taught first and third grade.

How did you learn about Math & Movement?

I was introduced to Math & Movement by my principal.

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

I have been using the program for about two years.

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

I have seen a lot of growth in the children’s fact recall. The kids love to get up and move around and it gives them a meaningful movement break throughout their day.

The changes I’ve seen include their excitement in skip counting and finding out ways to use the Add/Subtract rug to do more skip counting! My students also have better number sense as we build and make numbers on the rug as well as on the Place Value Mat. Adding/subtracting becomes less confusing with the huge visual for them to see and actually hop to show addition and subtraction.

What is your favorite floor mat and why?

My favorite mats are the multiplication mats (skip counting mats). The multiplication unit in 3rd grade is very important. If the kids can master their facts, they will be able to conquer many other units (e.g. division and fractions) with ease. It will also lay the groundwork for future grades.

I try every day in my classroom to keep my students engaged and excited to learn. The math mats bring a fun and creative way to get your students moving, motivated, and excited about math.

I use the mats throughout my lessons and also as a meaningful movement break when my students need to get up and let out some energy.

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