MATH 180:
Making Sense of Math
Some traditional methods of teaching mathematics rely on memorization of procedures. Instead, MATH 180 focuses on reasoning and using visual models to make sense of the math and build conceptual understanding.

Multiplication
The Traditional MethodStruggling learners often wonder which numbers to record and add when they multiply digits.
The MATH 180 ApproachMATH 180 shows students how to make sense of the multiplication by using an area model to visualize and calculate each partial product

division
The Traditional MethodStruggling learners often wonder which numbers to record and add when they multiply digits
The MATH 180 ApproachMATH 180 helps prevent errors by teaching students to identify each partial quotient and record the multiplication used. This keeps the focus on place value.

Fractions
The Traditional MethodStruggling learners often wonder which numbers to record and add when they multiply digits
The MATH 180 ApproachMATH 180 helps prevent errors by teaching students to identify each partial quotient and record the multiplication used. This keeps the focus on place value.

DECIMALS
The Traditional MethodStruggling learners often make errors in regrouping as they subtract decimals.
The MATH 180 ApproachMATH 180 avoids calculation errors by teaching students to visualize subtraction as finding distance by using a number line to jump to benchmark numbers, which simplifies computations.
MATH 180 is organized into 9 Blocks of instruction. Each Block relates its mathematical theme to highinterest contexts, stories, and careers. Click on a number to see detailed information about each Block.