"Only the brave teach."
This systematic process provides cyclical repetition of key mathematical concepts. Students receive repeated exposure to these “non-negotiable” skills that help cement their learning. Teachers engage in professional development and coaching during the first several years of FIM implementation to support results.
During a two-day workshop, teachers deepen their understanding of grade level mathematical concepts and identify the key learnings that must occur in order for students to be successful. Teachers also explore the social-emotional skills the students must master in order to tackle rigorous mathematical concepts. After six weeks of implementation teachers return for one day of professional development focused on examining student progress monitoring data and considering instructional implications based on the data analysis.
Facilitated by trained coaches, teachers participate in ongoing, job-embedded coaching and support to assist individual teachers with FIM operations in the classroom. FIM coaches model lessons, facilitate data conversations and guide teachers through the challenges of implementation.
FIM electronic materials: The annual subscription provides teachers with access to the question templates and progress monitoring assessments customized to their school and grade.
Brag Tags: Students are motivated by small extrinsic rewards. The FIM Cognitive and Non-Cognitive Brag Tags reward students who have demonstrated content mastery and positive social-emotional skills.