program that uses innovative teaching strategies to
eliminate fear of math and make learning fun.
MIND was originally developed by Dr. Hui Fang Huang "Angie
" Su in 1988 to help academically at-risk students improve
their ability to solve math problems. Since then, the project has
evolved into a nationwide program that can dramatically improve
student skills in math and other subject areas.
Targeting Pre-K through
12th grade students, Project MIND is designed to complement and
enhance the core curriculum being used through the incorporation
of innovative teaching strategies. In Project MIND, students interact
with one another, apply mathematics to real-world problems, and
are taught simple strategies to solve complex problems.
Project MIND emphasizes
the use of games, story telling, and strategic methods based on
logic and intuition, making learning fun and exciting.
The program works because
students learn by playing games. They also learn several different
techniques for performing a task and can choose the one that works
best for them.
Project MIND teaches
content integration so that teachers in all subjects can utilize
Project MIND strategies. Therefore, training is provided to all
school-based instructional staff, principals, assistant principals,
and administrators so that the concepts and strategies are reinforced
throughout the day. At a minimum, teachers attend a three-day "Part
I" workshop prior to implementing Project MIND.
Throughout the program
year, Project MIND trainers are available to provide on-going technical
assistance and mini refresher workshops as needed. A "Part
II: Advanced Strategies" training workshop is offered during
the second year.
Standardized test score
gains are consistently high for students participating in Project
MIND. Students who have been exposed to Project MIND find math exciting
and gain self-confidence. They also display less anxiety about math
as they participate in individual learning activities, mental math
competitions, and teamwork projects. Longitudinal observations indicate
that former students continue to apply methods they learned through
Project MIND to advanced mathematical concepts encountered later
Project Mind utilizes
a multi-faceted evaluation system to measure formative and summative
advancement. Approved state standardized tests are used to measure
baseline and subsequent data. Students are also evaluated through
portfolio assessment, teacher observations, criterion-referenced
tests, and self-assessment. In addition, a Student Math Attitude
Questionnaire is administered as a pre and post assessment at the
beginning and end of the school year.
An initial objective
for student achievement was a 3% gain; however, the actual gains
ranged between 48% and 52% for the three initial project schools
in Palm Beach County.
In Palm Beach County,
Project MIND decreased the percentage of students scoring at level
2 of the FCAT* by 10% and increased the percentage of students scoring
at level 3 and 4 by at least 10% in the first year of program implementation.
More specifically, the number of students performing in Level 3
and above increased by 34%.
In Palm Beach County,
ninety-six percent of students in project classes made at least
a 10% gain on the Project MIND posttest. Total gains ranged from
48% to 52%.
Due to the program's
success, the Palm Beach County School Board voted to implement Project
MIND District-wide over the next three years in all elementary schools.
* Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test.