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About Your Instructor – Barbara Blanke

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Uniquely Qualified Instructor

Dr. Barbara Blanke is an outstanding math educator, author and national presenter who is known for her creativity, enthusiasm and practical ideas for teaching students and teachers about mathematics. Barbara brings a special passion for meeting the needs of all students in mathematics through guided math groups, whether they are gifted in math or struggle with basic math skills. Her ideas for creating, implementing and managing guided math groups are the most effective she has found for teaching math to students in grades 3-6.

With more than 31 years of teaching experience, Barbara provides practical, teacher-friendly professional development incorporating a wealth of ideas you’ll want to use immediately in your own classroom. She is a vibrant presenter whose excitement about teaching mathematics is contagious.

Participants leave Barbara’s seminars enthused and inspired to use guided math groups in their classrooms, using new and practical teaching strategies and activities that motivate students to love learning mathematics.

What Your Colleagues Say About Your Presenter

“This is ‘hands-down’ the best and most useful math seminar I have ever attended! I will definitely use these strategies and share them with my entire school!”
– Sabina Alexander, Math Teacher, Title I

“My time was well spent learning some wonderful strategies for guided math. I love walking away with materials I can use tomorrow!”
– Sandra Mitchell, Teacher

“Excellent, excellent, excellent! This seminar was informative, exciting and filled with tools and resources to keep my students fully engaged in math!”
– Shannon Siggers, 4th Grade Teacher

Great ideas, strategies and information to take back to my classroom and use right away!”
– Diane Margolias, 5th Grade Teacher

“I’ve never attended a seminar that got me as excited about math as this one did! I know our students’ attitudes about math will be a lot more positive after these activities are introduced!”
– Linda Ortega, 4th Grade Teacher

“This was the best seminar I’ve ever attended! Barb’s energy and enthusiasm kept our attention all day and I look forward to using the ideas she shared with us in my own classroom.”
– Mickey Rizh, 6th Grade Teacher

“Barb made the daunting task of doing math centers both manageable and fun! Thanks for the great ideas!”
– Julie Higgins, 5th Grade Teacher

“I’m leaving this seminar with a plethora of math activities and resources to use in my classroom. Today was a great source of information about making math fun in the classroom!”
– Mike Plutschuck, Jr., 6th Grade Teacher

“I loved Barb’s seminar! I learned so much and can’t wait to share the information with my colleagues and use it with my students!”
– Stacey Beyer-Lakey, 5th Grade Teacher

Great hands-on ideas that I can use immediately! Thanks!”
– Kathy Hafemeyer, 5th Grade Teacher

“I’ve been wanting to set up my classroom using math learning centers and small group instruction for years. Now I know how!”
– Samantha Daugherty, 4th Grade Teacher

“I really enjoyed this seminar! Barb is very energetic and knowledgeable. The handbook we received is a tremendous resource!”
– John Lee Peterson, Jr., Special Education Teacher

Excellent presentation! Barb is an outstanding presenter!”
– Anne Gee, Math Coach

“Thanks for the math resource handbook! It will be invaluable in helping me set up my guided math groups!”
– Marilyn Foust, Math Specialist