Pre K to Grade 3: ChunkitZ, Rods, Blocks or Dots: The most effective models for building Number Sense into Number Facts:   Pre K to Grade 3

April 25        University of Lethbridge, Registration Form click here.

May 8:           Grande Prairie   On line Registration Form Click here.

This workshop will provide participants with a common sense approach to developing a year long plan at each of the grade levels to support consistent  attention to building the reasoning and remembering skills students must develop in order to build, maintain and transfer the ability to relate, remember and apply what we like to call “basic” addition and subtraction facts to numbers to 100.

WC for ten cardDot and blocks are readily available models that can be used tomorrow but both have their limits. One of which is the ease with which students may be simply counting very quickly by ones. In order to truly develop the fluency and recall that lead to “mastery” students need to practice thinking in “units” or collections.

Screen Shot 2015-08-01 at 9.35.07 PMChunkitZ and Cuisenaire Rods link to bar models, long recognized within the literature to be one of the most effective models for moving learners from manipulatives to mental fluency.IMG_7294


Subtraction making you CRAZY…. find out why. And more important, how to teach so that every student can be successful. Materials package includes ready to use materials to get started tomorrow.



If our goal is fluency with calculations to 100 by the end of Grade 3, the journey demands that teachers have knowledge and experience with more than just their grade level, in order to understand the gaps and misconceptions that can block the learning.




Grade 4 to 7

Teaching Decimals? Division, Remainders and Place Value Matter

April 26    Lethbridge Alberta  On line Registration Form Click here.

May 9 Grande Prairie  On line Registration Form Click here.


Decimals, Divisions and links to Long term Memory. This workshop is focused on outcomes from Grade 4 to 6 but Grade 7 and 8 teachers may be interested to study how short daily practice that requires students to reason their way through visual spatial examples can boost retention, transfer and recall. The Part A sample for the mental math challenge portion of this year’s Grade 6 PAT puts an emphasis on calculating with decimal numbers. The participant package includes classroom ready tasks and practice cards that focus on developing & maintaining computational fluency when decimal numbers are involved. Along the way understandings and recall with multiplication, place value and division will also be impacted.  We cannot just tell our students to “memorize their facts” we have to teach them how to memorize and recall and provide regular practice differentiated to challenge each student at his or her current level.