Powerful Strategies for Using the Eight Standards for Mathematical Practice to Increase Your Students’ Math Achievement
Presented by Lee Anne Coester
Specifically Designed for Educators Serving Grades 3-6: Classroom Teachers, Mathematics Specialists and Coaches, Special Education Staff, Title I Staff, and Administrators
- Increase all your students’ success in math using the eight Standards for Mathematical Practice to guide your instruction – no matter what content you are teaching, enhance your instruction to increase students’ motivation and understanding of mathematics
- Regardless of your math objectives or text book the eight Mathematical Practice Standards are the best guide to good instruction – learn how to incorporate them into your everyday math class so students can better meet your state math standards
- Practical, hands-on activities and ideas that will strengthen your students’ understanding and retention of basic facts, whole numbers, fractions, decimals, geometry, and measurement concepts
- Classroom proven and research-based ideas on improving your students’ problem solving skills
- An extensive resource handbook filled with free and inexpensive math resources, classroom tips and ready-to-use activities that you can use immediately in your classroom
To be effective problem solvers, students need a deep understanding of mathematical content and strong computation skills. The eight Standards for Mathematical Practice provide a framework for instruction that can significantly increase your students’ understanding, and ultimately increase their math achievement.
Lee Anne Coester will provide you with the strategies, activities and resources that you need to easily incorporate the eight Standards for Mathematical Practice and create a classroom where a positive attitude toward learning mathematics prevails. You’ll leave this seminar ready to empower your students with conceptual understanding of grades 3-6 math content and proficiency at applying this knowledge to problem solving situations – all requirements for future success in mathematics and on your state math standards.
The emphasis of this NEW outstanding seminar will be on helping you – the classroom teacher, Title I teacher, math coach or specialist, resource room teacher, break the “fear of math” cycle by supporting your students as they learn, retain and apply computation and problem solving skills in and out of the classroom utilizing the eight Standards for Mathematical Practice.
Ten Key Benefits of Attending
- Practical Strategies to Increase Your Students’ Math Achievement in Grades 3-6 Using the Eight Standards for Mathematical Practice
Utilize the Practice Standards to strengthen your math instruction and increase student understanding of key math concepts … How the practices can be incorporated in your current program to greatly boost your results
- How to Incorporate the Eight Standards for Mathematical Practice to Increase Student Achievement and Interest in Mathematics
Utilize the Practice Standards to get your students actively engaged in learning and understanding the relevance of math … Dozens of ideas and hands-on math strategies that you can use immediately!
- Help Students Make Sense of Problems and Persevere in Solving Them
Problem solving is the umbrella that encompasses everything we teach in math … Learn the three components of effective problem solving instruction … Best of all, hear how to make problem solving student centered and fun
- Math Fluency is the Key, But How Do We Develop it in Our Students?
Whether we’re discussing fact fluency or computational fluency with whole numbers, fractions and decimals or fluency with geometry concepts, we begin with conceptual understanding … Focus on how to develop deep understanding
- Ideas for Inexpensive, Easy-To-Make Manipulatives that Can be Used in Your Classroom the Next Day
We all hear “teach with concrete materials” but what are the best ones for various concepts? What if you can’t afford them? How do you effectively handle their use in your classroom? All of these questions will be answered.
- Reach Everyone in a Diverse Student Population
Learn universal differentiated instructional strategies for teaching struggling students, advanced students, reluctant learners, ESL students and more … Discover how these strategies make lessons stronger for all students
- Increase Student Success on Your State Math Standards
Increase student achievement by directing your lessons toward long- term retention and understanding … Reduce reviewing and re-teaching time thereby allowing that time needed for the depth of knowledge lessons expected by your state math standards
- Discover Creative Ways to Teach Multiplication and Division Facts
Whether you are introducing the concepts of multiplication and division or helping older students who are struggling with fact retention you will leave with new and innovative methods for both teaching and assessing fact fluency
- Best of the Best Mathematical Resources
Resources abound, but sorting out the ones that best address your state standards and the needs of your 3rd – 6th grade students is a challenge … Literature ties, classroom management, curriculum materials, teaching ideas – you’ll leave with great resources for all of these and more
- Numerous Ideas to Make Activity Based, Student Centered Learning Easier for You
Learn classroom proven ideas for dealing with behavior issues, managing group work, organizing materials … A wealth of information from one who has been there, done that!
Outstanding Strategies You Can Use Immediately
- Practical strategies to incorporate the eight Standards for Mathematical Practice to increase math achievement for all your grades 3-6 students
- Specific techniques that focus on long term retention through deep understanding of math concepts
- Universal strategies to make differentiated math instruction easier and more successful
- Concrete activities with multiple tools – including pattern blocks, rulers, and fraction bars and tiles – that bring meaning to fraction concepts and operations
- Powerful math strategies and activities to engage students and increase mathematics achievement
- Creative and fun ways to develop multiplication and division fact fluency
- Innovative ideas that bring real meaning to decimals
- Effective ways to incorporate estimation and mental math into computation and problem solving
- How to use literature trade books to bring math lessons to life
- Many motivating activities and games for incorporating “fun” into computation and problem solving lessons
- Tried and true behavior management ideas especially suited for activity-based classrooms
- Inexpensive, easy to make, manipulatives that make student learning easier and more concrete
- Easy-to-use strategies to incorporate multiple models and representations of math
- Practical suggestions, including questioning techniques that facilitate discourse in the classroom
- Free resources for building your students math vocabulary precision with word walls, writing and “math talk”
- Excellent tips for reducing math anxiety for both the teacher and the students, especially at assessment time
- Classroom proven ideas for successfully integrating calculators into the teaching of computation and problem solving
- Ways to help students understand place value and its important role in regrouping in whole numbers and decimals and in partial product and partial quotient work
- Creative and inexpensive hands-on methods for teaching 2D & 3D geometry
- Easy to incorporate methods to help students compare/contrast those easily confused concepts of area and perimeter
- Hints on grouping students and teaching them to work effectively in pairs, small groups and large groups
A Message From Your Seminar Leader
“I love math!” or “Math is my favorite subject” or “This math is fun” or “Oh I get it now!” Don’t you wish you could hear these words more often? I say that you can. Only teachers can understand the pure joy that comes from hearing statements such as these. My goal for this seminar is for you to hear more students utter these words.
During this seminar I will share the eight Standards for Mathematical Practice for students which can act as guidelines to transforming your classroom into a fun journey through math. We’ll practice with inexpensive 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 classroom. We’ll focus on fact fluency, whole number operations, fractions and decimals, number sense, geometry concepts and problem solving skills that directly align with your state standards.
The emphasis of this seminar will be to share strategies, activities, and classroom guidelines that allow you the teacher and your students to enjoy the teaching and learning process again. By teaching students how mathematics concepts and procedures are connected, by showing them that mathematics can (and should be) fun and by helping them see how mathematics can be applied to real life, mathematics can change from the elusive “memorize and manipulate” process to a powerful and easy to use tool in the eyes of your students.
I am so proud to be a teacher and always feel such energy when I get to spend the day with others who chose teaching as a profession. I understand the demands of standardized testing, the challenge of today’s students and the always-present pressure of “not enough time.” Whether you are a new teacher looking for ideas, a veteran hoping to recharge, or a coach or administrator wanting to better understand the current trends in mathematics, this seminar is for you. I look forward to sharing the wealth of ideas and strategies that I have discovered or developed through years of searching for better answers.
Lee Anne Coester, PhD
P. S. You’ll leave this seminar with lots of ideas that can be immediately implemented in your grades 3-6 classroom. Hear your students say, “I get it now!”
Who Should Attend
Educators Serving Grades 3-6: Classroom Teachers, Mathematics Specialists and Coaches, Special Education Staff, Title I Staff, and Administrators
Special Benefits of Attending
Extensive Resource Handbook
Each participant will receive an extensive resource handbook specifically designed for this seminar. The handbook includes:
- Practical, hands-on activities and ideas that will strengthen your students’ understanding and retention of basic facts, whole numbers, fractions, decimals, geometry and measurement concepts
- Classroom proven and research-based ideas on improving your students’ problem solving skills
- Differentiated instructional strategies on grouping, questioning and active learning that will increase math achievement of all students – struggling, advanced, ADHD, ELL, etc
- An extensive resource handbook filled with free and inexpensive math resources, classroom tips, and ready-to-use activities that you can use immediately in your classroom
Meet and Share
This seminar provides a wonderful opportunity for participants to meet and share ideas with other educators interested in increasing students’ math achievement in grades 3-6.
Lee Anne Coester will be available at the seminar for consultation regarding your questions and the unique needs of your own mathematics program.
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