Comments from Students and Teachers"My students enjoy the activities and the way we approach each unit. I have enjoyed teaching Algebra more now than ever. Some of their comments are: 'It's fun.' 'They get it now' 'Algebra is easy.'"  Veronica Gutierrez, Math Teacher, Mathis, Texas Last year I had no idea what I was doing and I pretty much failed every test and quiz. This year I haven't failed a single test or quiz, so I'm happy we began learning Algebra in this exciting new way. Brittney R., 10th Grade Student I like putting the lessons from math and using our creativity to better understand the main concepts of those lessons.  Brittany G., student Before 4MAT I focused almost exclusively on one mode of instructional delivery. I could lecture with the best of them and reaching my analytical kids was my real focus! I never had time to consider one of my student's most common complaints: "When are we ever going to use this?"  Kim H., Veteran Algebra Teacher Comments from a Recent Training in Yonkers Public Schools (New York)How would you rate the overall quality of this session? 96.5% Excellent 3.5% Good Most useful  Connecting lessons to student life
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 Do the actual activities – to experience how it works and then made the connections
ourselves.  Everything he explained and demonstrated can increase student learning/achievement
 4MAT method as it applies to mathematics
 The natural learning cycle.
 Project idea/Hook ideas
 Concepts, connects, alternatives to worksheets.
 The different ideas and/or activities for connecting and application videos, music, etc.
 The entire program.
 All of it – seriously.
 How to engage the students by appropriate activity.
 Connect – celebrate.
 All of it.
 It put everything together for me into one big pot instead of a lot of small ones
 4MAT lessons on Algebra
 All of it – especially the Connects
 I am now more comfortable explaining the purpose and relevance of projects to participants
 Everything
 Actually going through the units
 Connect activities and overall ideas to start with
 All the activities that can be used to excite the students make connections
Would you recommend this seminar to your colleagues? 100%  Yes Additional Comments The program was great and highly motivated
 It was very informative and worthwhile to enhance teaching
 It would help motivate and engage students
 I wish my colleague was here so we could implement this together
 Interactive and engaging method to teach
 4MAT is a brilliant way to give students purposeful learning
Comments from a Recent Training sponsored by the New Jersey DOE  Quality: 86%, excellent, 13% good
 Relevance: 72% "Extremely", 27% "Very"
 Would you recommend to peers? 100%, yes
 Do you plan to use these ideas in your classroom? 100%, yes
 Program has relevance to my work with students: 90% strongly agree, 10% agree
 The program provides skills and knowledge to improve teaching: 90% strongly agree, 10% agree
 The program can be used to improve student performance: 77% strongly agree, 22% agree
Individual Comments, "Most Useful"Most useful:  The activities and the hook/connects (6 mentions)
 The activities (3 mentioins)
 The projects for learning/new project ideas (2 mentions)
 The student books. (2 mentions)
 I found this entire workshop very helpful.
 Everything
 The books were most useful to me.
 The handson activities and the extensive insight into the types of learners (Day One).
 I always need new ideas for projects and opening unit activities and this really helped.
 Alternative Assessments
 Going through the practical examples of activities
 The 4MAT Circle and examples. I will definitely use this in my classroom.
 Day One on the brain and the types of learners.
 The Personality Analysis (this is done on Day One)
 The real world connections are rather simple and will be easy to present to my class.
 Introductory Activities
 Connections to the real world and the projects
 The kinesthetic exercises.
 Flexibility of use of entire program. Application of approach
 to teach other courses—organization.
 I really found the entire presentation useful from Dick and Colleen.
 I will use most of what I heard and learned.
 Activites and projects aligned to key algebra concepts.
 Relating the math to student's lives. Hook activities and projects.
Additional Comments It is easy to follow.
 Every little bit helps—and this is a lotta bit.
 Excellent teaching model that catches the interest of most students.
 I think that teaching math this way will prove its relevance to all!
 Very valuable.
 Very useful for all subjects.
 It helps the teacher to "think" essential questions and to see the major concepts. A course instead of isolated skill topics.
 It is different from normal teaching and students will be more interested in paying attention
 I teach those who don't care—or that think they "can't"
 I would gradually implement this program into my classroom.
 This is exactly what I have wanted to try!
 I think it will help my struggling students.
 I spend too much time lecturing in front of the classroom, because that is how I learn best.
 I want to appeal to all different types of students in my class.
 Because it is a great program
 This was truly an eyeopener.
 Because I think it will engage my students
 It will improve kids' attitudes towards Algebra. More kids will fall in love with math if I use this approach.
 Because it is experiential as opposed to lecture and paper practice.
