Last week, Donna Boucher, an instructional math coach from Texas, worked with our ECC & ES teachers to help us further develop our math workshop approach. Donna did a demonstration lesson in each grade level and met with teachers to share practical ideas, games and strategies for developing students' number sense and mathematical understanding.
Donna also presented to a large number of parents last Friday and explained how and why math instruction has changed. She showed parents the importance of developing strong number sense which involves understanding and using numbers in flexible ways to solve real problems. Donna also gave practical ideas to help parents develop confident mathematicians with a 'growth mindset' such as:
- Encourage your child to explain his or her thinking. Let them do the thinking & talking!
- Engage your child in conversations about math in everyday life.
- Stress the importance of hard work and effort ('I can!' attitude).
- Remind your child that mistakes are part of learning.
- Foster a positive attitude towards math.
Donna also shared this list of online resources with parents;
- tabletalkmath.com a website to help parents and guardians engage their children in mathematical conversations
- youcubed.org resources for parents from a mathematical think-tank at Stanford University
- gregtangmath.com online math games that develop conceptual understanding along with fluency
- abcya.com online games and apps for engaging math practice
- withmathican.org site devoted to providing parents and teachers resources to help students develop a positive mindset towards math
Thank you to all the parents, teachers and students who participated in Donna's workshops and lessons.
Kasey Burns (Curriculum Development)