# Introduction

**Overview**- Many students, especially students with mathematics difficulties, enter mathematics classes without needed prerequisite skills.
- Lacking the needed skills, struggling students are often disengaged and fail to understand taught concepts.
- Strategies exist to help students compensate for their mathematics difficulties and participate in classroom activities.

**About the Module Lessons**Research shows that students with mathematics difficulties respond best to structured systematic, explicit instruction. The scripted lessons are organized as follows:

**Preview**, which serves as an advance organizer**Engage Prior Knowledge**, which provides a review of background information the student should already possess**Modeled Practice**, which allows the teacher to help a student learn the strategy**Practice**, which connects the learned strategy to the core mathematics lesson being taught**Independent Practice**, which gives the student an opportunity to show what he has learned

**How do I use the lessons?**- The lessons are designed to help students with mathematics difficulties (Tier II) access the general education mathematics curriculum.
- The lessons can be taught by an interventionist, classroom teacher, or trained paraprofessional.
- The intervention is designed to supplement core instruction, so the intervention time is in addition to core mathematics instruction.