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Math Program Offers Teachers Hands On Tools for K-5 Classrooms

Math Program Offers Teachers Hands On Tools for K-5 Classrooms

For teachers who may be struggling with teaching math effectively in their K-5 classrooms, a new two-day online seminar may be just what they need.

Staff Development for Educators' (SDE) Math Academy: Building Your Mathematical Toolkit is a “a hands-on two-day Academy for teachers of grades K-5, designed to ease the difficulties teachers have with math instruction. It presents teachers with the necessary tools to help them attack tough math concepts, set anchor tasks, and develop meaningful math centers and guided practice strategies,” according to SDE's press release.

The toolkit is led by math experts and former teachers, and the academy is “intended as a unique opportunity for teachers who are struggling with how to make math instruction doable and successful in the classroom.”

"The development of the Math Academy came from teachers who felt that they needed help making their math instruction effective because they are also focused on so many other areas," said Beth Brousseau, who programmed the event for SDE. "Internally, we call this Academy 'Darn Good Math,' because it's not just about getting students to give right answers, but instead on how to handle math problems."

Over the two days, the press release said, “teachers will explore the building blocks of the mathematical toolkit, problem-solving strategies, getting the most out of guided math and math centers, using a three-part lesson to deliver content, teaching the toughest topics, and games and activities for grade-level content.”

Article by Kassondra Granata, EducationWorld Contributor

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