Boost engagement and motivation for your students as they build their math vocabulary!

Overview

Speak Agent is a research-based digital teaching tool that accelerates learning the core content and concepts. Just 30 minutes of use per week has been shown to accelerate STEM and ELA concept mastery by 210%. Speak Agent consists of easy-to-implement modules that are tailored to fit your scope, sequence, and pacing. They also align to CCSS, TEKS, NY Next Generation Math Standards, and NCTM math practices and are offered in multiple languages. Each module consists of digital lessons and interactive learning activities that integrate reading texts with the language needed to understand it.

Toolkit Description

Develops Math Communication Skills

In Speak Agent Math, students learn to use the four language domains of listening, speaking, reading, and writing in math class. This benefits all learners, but especially low-SES and ELL students who may struggle in this area.

Algebraic Thinking and problem-solving require reading comprehension and understanding of symbols and syntax. The abstract nature leaves students feeling untethered without proficiency in Math Communication. Mathematical language, concepts, and visual representations are key to understanding relationships among quantities and expressions and use of varied representations of data, not to mention word problems.

Geometric Reasoning is also highly dependent on Math Communication. While students likely have a stronger connection to background knowledge than with algebraic thinking, there are huge amounts of new concepts and vocabulary to acquire. The language describing geometric concepts is often incredibly complex and precise. Just think of all the different names for specific types of angles as one example: straight angles, vertical angles, obtuse angles, acute angles, corresponding angles, complementary angles, supplementary angles, exterior and interior angles, alternate exterior and interior angles, etc. This is bewildering even to many teachers!

Moves Students into a Growth Mindset

Speak Agent's math literacy toolkit provides playful learning activities and a digital portfolio tracker. It creates more interest in the content and makes it more accessible. With built-in supports, struggling learners are able to reach the next scaffold and see their progress over time.

Connects Abstract Concepts with the Real-World

Speak Agent's playful learning and storytelling not only engages students, but also helps them make connections to real life situations, popular culture, and STEM careers.

Math Modules Available

Speak Agent currently offers math modules for grades K-2 and middle grades. A full K-5 program is under development. Speak Agent Math also supports dual-language and multi-language.

Grades K-2 Math

Topics covered:

  • Numbers
  • Counting
  • Comparing
  • Patterns
  • Measuring
  • Quantity
  • Combining and Joining
  • Composing and Decomposing
  • 2D and 3D Shapes
  • Combinations
  • Operations: Addition, Subtraction, Multiplication, and Division
  • Counting Large Amounts
  • Units and Values
  • Time

Middle-Grade Math

Topics covered:

  • Rational Numbers
  • Number Lines
  • Coordinate Planes
  • Algebraic Expressions
  • Equivalent Expressions
  • Equations and Inequalities
  • Multi-Step Equations
  • Reasoning with Ratios and Rates
  • Proportional Relationships
  • Defining Functions
  • Linear Functions
  • Squares, Cubes, and Decimals
  • Linear Equations
  • Linear Systems
  • Exponents
  • Geometry
  • 2D Shapes and Area
  • 3D Shapes and Volume
  • Pythagorean Theorem and Angles
  • Transformations
  • Statistical Data and Representations
  • Probability and Statistics
  • Bivariate Data

Other Grade Levels

Speak Agent can produce tailor-made modules for any K-12 grade level upon request. Please schedule a call with us to discuss your area of interest!