Strengthening Math Computation and Problem Solving Skills
Differentiated Instructional Strategies For Reaching All Students in Your Classroom
Presented by Lee Anne Coester
Specifically Designed for Classroom Teachers, Title I Staff, Special Education Staff, and Other Educators Teaching Mathematics in Grades 4-8
Practical, hands-on activities and ideas that will strengthen your students’ understanding and retention of whole numbers, fractions, decimals, percentages, integers, and basic algebraic concepts
- Classroom-proven and research-based ideas for improving your students’ reasoning and problem solving skills
- Differentiated instructional strategies that will help raise homework scores, increase assessment scores and improve student attitudes and involvement
- An extensive resource handbook filled with free or inexpensive resources, classroom tips and ready-to-use activities that you can use immediately in your own classroom
Practical Ideas and Strategies
Students need a deep understanding of mathematical content and strong computation skills before they can become effective problem solvers. Many students will not develop a good working understanding of basic computation skills if they are not applied to problem solving situations. Both computation and problem solving become stronger when they are taught hand-in‑hand. By adding in estimation, real life application and activity-based learning, mathematics lessons become fun and effective with the natural side benefit of improved homework and test scores.
Lee Anne Coester will provide you with the practical strategies, activities and resources you need to teach computation and problem solving together in your classroom. You’ll leave this seminar ready to empower your students with proficiency at computation, understanding of mathematical concepts and an ability to solve mathematical problems — all requirements for success in mathematics in the future.
The emphasis of this outstanding seminar will be on helping you — the classroom teacher, resource teacher, Title I teacher, math and curriculum specialist, Special Education teacher, and other educators teaching mathematics in grades 4-8 — break the “fear of mathematics” cycle by supporting your students as they learn, retain and apply computation and problem solving skills in the classroom and in real life.
Ten Key Benefits of Attending
Make Problem Solving a Focus in Your Mathematics Program
Incorporating problem solving into every part of your curriculum … Learn how to engage your students and to help them be effective problem solvers
- Strengthen Student Understanding and Retention of Computation Skills
Learn innovative ideas for helping your students master the essential basic skills … Effective ways to help your students make associations to past learnings and experiences that will assist them in retaining their basic skills from year to year
- Reach a Diverse Student Population
Learn differentiated instructional skills for teaching to the multiple intelligences, varying ability levels and reluctant students … Discover how these ideas make lessons better for all students
- Raise Homework and Assessment Scores
Prepare your students for assessments based on your state standards or the Common Core State Standards by teaching for understanding and long‑term learning
- Effectively Teach Whole Numbers, Fractions, Decimals, Percentages, and Integers
Ready-to-use ideas that will combine hands-on activities, real life application, estimation, and calculator use to make strong computation and problem solving lessons … All ideal for grades 4-8
- Enhance Mathematics Lessons by Incorporating Communication Skills
Increase your list of ideas for reading, writing and talking mathematics with powerful and easy-to-use suggestions that will help students perform well on tests and in real life situations
- Incorporate Mental Math and Estimation into Computation Work
Eighty percent of real-world applications of mathematics involve estimation … Learn how to develop lessons that lead to greater student understanding of these essential areas
- Include Manipulatives in Your Lesson Planning
Discover how hands-on learning and cooperative work support all your students in understanding new concepts … Explore the best manipulatives for grades 4-8
- Find the Resources that Best Support Your Teaching
Receive a list of literature books that enlighten and give purpose to your mathematics lessons, and a collection of exemplary Internet sites that will support and expand your math program
- Receive an Extensive Resource Handbook
Leave the seminar with a wealth of ready-to-use blackline masters, resources, ideas, and activities — all ready for immediate use in your mathematics classroom
Outstanding Strategies You Can Use Immediately
Numerous activities for teaching those difficult whole number concepts of renaming, multidigit multiplication and long division
- Engaging activities, lessons and manipulatives that will help your students truly understand fractions
- Innovative ideas that tie decimals and percentages to the real world and to real meaning
- Concrete activities that bring meaning to integers and integer operations
- Practical techniques and ideas that will boost homework and assessment scores
- A wide variety of methods for helping students become better problem solvers including student-generated problems, problem-based learning, problem posing, and other research-based ways of teaching problem solving
- Effective ways to incorporate estimation and mental math into computation and problem solving lessons
- Creative and fun ways for teaching addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division facts to struggling, older students
- Where to go for the best standards-based resources including math Internet sites and your own state’s Web resources
- How to incorporate the Common Core State Standards and the NCTM Standards and the ideas available through their Web sites and resources
- How to use numerous literature books that will bring your computation and problem solving lessons to life
- Differentiated instructional strategies for teaching to diverse groups of students with different learning styles and varying ability levels
- Innovative strategies for incorporating the communication skills of reading, writing and speaking into mathematics lessons
- Easy-to-use suggestions for manipulatives and other concrete materials that make student learning easier, deeper and more fun
- Classroom-proven ideas for successfully integrating calculators into the teaching of problem solving and calculation skills
- Many motivating activities for incorporating “fun” into computation and problem solving lessons
- Ready-to-use ideas that incorporate hands-on activities, estimation, computation, and problem solving and apply them to real life applications
- Assessment ideas for quick reviews, end-of-unit tests, journaling, performance assessments, re-teaching, and re-testing
- Tried-and-true tips for managing a successful math classroom — organization, supplies, homework, and positive beginnings
A Message From Your Seminar Leader
“I love math!” Don’t we wish we could hear more of our students utter those words! We have all seen too many students who have literally given up trying to understand even basic mathematical concepts. Only teachers can understand the true joy we experience when a student says, “This math isn’t hard at all. I get it now.” My goal for this seminar is for you to hear more students utter those words!
The emphasis for this seminar will be on understanding and retention of whole number, fraction, decimal, integer, and percentage skills and on applying those skills to problem solving. By teaching students how mathematics concepts and procedures are connected, by showing them that mathematics can be fun and by helping them see how mathematics can be applied in real life, mathematics can change from the elusive “memorize and manipulate” process to a powerful and easy-to-use tool in the eyes of our students.
During this seminar, I will share with you many of the strategies and ideas I have found to be successful in my own classroom. We’ll practice with manipulatives and materials that bring mathematics to life. I’ll answer your questions and make it as easy as possible for you to take the ideas and activities straight back to use in your program.
I am so proud to be a teacher and always feel such energy when I get to spend a day with others who chose teaching as a profession. I understand the demands of standardized tests, the challenge of today’s students and the always-present pressure of “not enough time.” I look forward to meeting you and sharing the wealth of ideas and strategies that I have discovered or developed through years of searching for better answers.
Lee Anne Coester
P.S. You’ll leave this seminar with lots of ideas that can be immediately implemented in your own grades 4-8 classroom. Hear your students say, “This math isn’t hard at all. I get it now!”
Who Should Attend
Mathematics Educators serving Grades 4-8: Classroom Teachers, Mathematics Teachers, Mathematics Department Heads, Title I Staff, Special Education Staff, Resource Teachers, Instructional Aides, and Administrators.
Special Benefits of Attending
Extensive Resource Handbook
Each participant will receive an extensive resource handbook, Strengthening Math Computation and Problem Solving Skills: Differentiated Instructional Strategies For Reaching All Students in Your Classroom (Grades 4-8), which includes:
Dozens of ready-to-use activities for teaching and assessing computation and problem solving skills
- Tried-and-true tips for a successful math classroom
- Resources that best support your lessons
- Strategies for incorporating estimation, manipulatives, communication, and literature into your math lessons
Meet and Share
This seminar provides a wonderful opportunity for participants to meet and share ideas with other mathematics teachers.
Lee Anne Coester will be available at the seminar for consultation regarding the unique needs of your own mathematics program.
Semester Credit Option
Graduate level professional development credit is available with an additional fee and completion of a follow-up practicum project. Details for direct enrollment with Brandman University, part of the Chapman University system, will be available at the seminar.
Meet Inservice Requirements
At the end of the program, each attendee will receive a certificate of participation that may be used to verify hours of participation in meeting continuing education requirements.