Finding Common Ground 2017:
Celebrating 15 years of Early Numeracy
Ways of Knowing: Knowing Ways
Connect literacy-numeracy- critical thinking throughout your year
Grade 1 August 14 & 15
Grade 2 August 15 & 16
Grade 3 August 16 & 17
Monday August 14 & Tuesday August 15
Grade One (and pre Grade one) only. We will delve deeply into the connections between Literacy and Numeracy and ways of knowing how to build a rich, connected sense of number that does not rely on counting by ones. (Sorting and patterning are purposeful in these tasks). These ideas apply no matter the style of instruction: ‘guided math’, ‘center based’, ‘inquiry, project or problem based’, ‘direct whole class instruction’. The 2 days will connect literacy to numeracy and numeracy to literacy in a balanced approach to developing ALL the BASICS our students need. (emotional, social, physical and intellectual)
Our study will centre on tasks connected to a year at a glance document, designed around the ALBERTA program of studies & organized around the big ideas that connect Number, Space and Shape in a balanced classroom. Reasoning and problem posing and solving are every bit as important as knowing some facts. This spread balances both right from September. It also attends to what we need to know our students CAN do at the end of the year and the evidence we need to gather. The document has been developed over 8 years of study in Alberta classrooms with Alberta teachers and Alberta students. Children’s Literature, both fiction and non fiction, as well as themes from science, socials and the ARTS are woven in. You will Tinker, Thinker, Make and Shake as we unpack the materials to fit your classroom & community context.
Wednesday August 16 & Thursday August 17.
Our study will centre on a Grade 2 year at a glance document designed around the ALBERTA program of studies, developed over 8 years of study and practice in Alberta classrooms, with Alberta students and teachers. Grade 2 will begin with the important role that shape and space, sorting and patterning play in learning number and number facts and how to connect that to knowing ways to TEACH students how to relate and retain BASIC facts: we must teach students how to learn to recall and how to practice to remember. We cannot just tell them to practice. And games alone are ineffective. Thursday the focus will move to developing 2 digit number and operational fluency.
Grade 2 must develop robust and flexible imagery for 2 digit number. The rest of their mathematics in school depends on it. Grade 3 teachers will see and hear why their students are stumbling or easily confused when computing with 3 digit numbers and what they can and should do about it. Grade 3 teachers will work with materials that bridge the learning from 2 to 3 digits as well as the most effective tasks for solidifying the “facts” to 20. Filling the numeracy gaps means knowing what connects grade to grade and how to teach so that students REMEMBER, RECALL and APPLY. Measurement, space and shape concepts play a vital role in this learning: bet you’re wondering why? Come find out.
The Grade 2 days will connect literacy to numeracy in order to build comprehension and communication skills as well as critical thinking in a balanced approach to developing ALL the BASICS our students need to master in order to learn. (emotional, social, physical and intellectual)
Thursday August 17 & Friday August 18
Grade 3 will join Grade 2 teachers on Thursday working with materials that bridge the learning from 2 to 3 digits as well as the most effective tasks for solidifying the “facts” to 20. Filling the numeracy gaps means knowing what connects grade to grade and how to teach so that students REMEMBER, RECALL and APPLY. Friday we move to the critical connections between place value and multiplication and how important it is that Grade 3 students UNDERSTAND that multiplication and division are more than just a set of “facts”. This is a new way of thinking and if we want to reduce or bridge the numeracy gap, we have to understand the pivotal role that moving from additive to multiplicative reasoning plays in making sense of fractions, divisions and place value.
Grade 4 teachers concerned about the numeracy gap should attend the 2 Grade 3 days…. find out how to correct the misconceptions.
As with the other grades, our study will centre on a Grade 3 year at a glance document designed around the ALBERTA program of studies, developed over 8 years of study and practice in Alberta classrooms, with Alberta students and teachers. (And if needed a Grade 4 spread to support the bridging.)
2 days $275 3 days $395 4 days $450 5 days $550
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WECA Centre: 6315 199 St NW, Edmonton
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