Mathematics is among the most important subjects that children study in school as well as the most complicated to teach, yet teachers receive little in the way of support beyond the course outlines and textbooks they are given at the beginning of each year. To further complicate matters, many of the materials are based on methods which should have been discarded long ago or don't incorporate the latest research. Finally, when given the opportunity, teachers receive "one shot" workshops where they are either given a "master plan" which is too complicated to implement, or a few tips which don't bring much change.
At BLTMath, we believe in the idea that all teachers should be engaged in high level and continuous support which follows them into the classroom and beyond. We offer workshops that are based on the most current findings in how children best learn mathematics and how teachers can best teach it. Our comprehensive programs of training and support follow teachers out of the lecture hall and into the classroom so that they can implement their new found skills immediately and permanently.
Fractions are among the most feared and misunderstood elements of the elementary and middle school curriculum, yet they form the basis of understanding that will continue through high school and beyond. Unfortunately, we often present models that do a poor job representing the concepts, use language that is vague and/or contradictory, and teach procedures that are incomplete or poorly understood. We can help our students understand fractions more thoughtfully and thoroughly by working with better models, developing deeper concepts with those models, and then teaching procedures that promote understanding. Using findings drawn from neuroscience, linguistics and cognitive science, we can help students develop an understanding of fractions that is flexible and comprehensive.
In this workshop, we will examine what what kinds of practices should be implemented to help clarify and deepen our our students' understanding of fractions. This includes:
This full-day workshop (9 am - 3 pm) is specifically designed for educators who wish to enhance the quality of their instruction by learning about specific techniques centered around the teaching of fractions. It is especially suitable for math specialists who work with students of various ages.
The Institute for Conceptual Mathematics (ICMathematics)
The ICMathematics workshop focuses on how we teach the underlying ideas of mathematics. Many children who struggle with mathematics do not have an understanding of the basic concepts and as a result tend to over- or under generalize, resulting in an incomplete understanding of the principles. The ICMathematics workshop answers three main questions:
• What is a mathematical concept, and how does it differ from a skill?
• How can we best teach children these mathematical concepts?
• How can we assess their understanding of these concepts and apply them to learning skills and solving problems?
The ICMathematics workshop is approximately 6 hours long, and each participant will receive a copy of the book "How to Develop Robust Concepts."
Expand Your Teaching Toolbox with Differentiated Instruction
This workshop will examine the practical aspects
of bringing differentiated instruction into your classroom.
Advances in brain imaging over the past
25 years have provided us with new insights into how humans process mathematics.
This workshop will focus on the work of Stanislaus Dehaene, and would
include the latest research on how neuroscience has uncovered critical
information about the nature of mathematical development in the human
brain. This includes the following discoveries: