Math Institute - Math Content Courses - Elementary

Math Content Courses - Elementary

Improving Math Outcomes in the Elementary Classroom

Our K-5 courses deepen mathematical content knowledge through the use of the standards progressions and the Standards for Mathematical Practice. Although the focus is K-5 content, many secondary teachers find value in understanding these standards progressions and how they support student learning in later years. Our programs are designed to help you:

  • Deepen your own knowledge and confidence of math standards
  • Build a deeper understanding of progressions and how they support student learning in later years
  • Discover ways to support students accessing mathematics knowledge and learning

Explore our Elementary Content Courses below …

Math Institute - Math Content Courses - Elementary

Developing Young Mathematicians: Workshop Series

Grade Level

PreK-1

Content Focus

Early Learning – Mathematics

Overview

A growing body of research shows that early math ability is a predictor of later academic success in all areas. So how do we develop our youngest mathematicians? Our new early learning workshop series, “Developing Young Mathematicians,” explores foundational math concepts for kids ages 3-6. Participants will explore and discuss how kids think about and learn math, and how teachers can tap in to young learners’ natural curiosities and the power of play to develop mathematical thinking.

Goals

  • explore a research-based learning trajectory that shows how skills and understandings develop over time;
  • engage in lessons and activities to explore foundational math ideas and build understanding;
  • discover ways to use literature to spark mathematical thinking;
  • practice routines to integrate mathematical thinking throughout the school day;
  • collaborate and network with other early childhood educators.

Let's Get into Shape

Grade Level

3-5

Content Focus

Geometric Shape and Measurement

Overview

As students develop their ability to describe, analyze, compare, and classify two-dimensional shapes, they progress through a series of geometric thinking levels. Come examine the geometry expectations in Grades 3-5 and the experiences students need to expand their understanding of geometric properties in order to develop generalizations about classes of shapes. Leave with ideas to utilize in your classroom and share with colleagues.

Goals

  • Expand understanding of geometric properties and their relationships in order to develop generalizations about classes of shapes.
  • Deepen understanding of the measurement process and how it applies to the attributes of measure students work with in Grades 3-5.
  • Make connections between geometric measurement ideas and other mathematical domains.

Upcoming Class Dates & Locations

March 13, 2018, Waukesha WI

Geometry and Spatial Reasoning

Grade Level

K-2

Overview

Deepen your understanding of shapes and their attributes, and explore how students’ understanding of shapes develops over time. Learn about six spatial reasoning processes, and discover how to engage students in activities that develop spatial reasoning.

Operations and Algebraic Thinking

Grade Level

K-2

Overview

This course explores the Counting and Cardinality Domain and Operations and Algebraic Thinking Domain of the Wisconsin State Standards for Mathematics and how they work together to develop algebraic thinking in Grades K-2.

Goals

  • Become familiar with all word problem types and become fluent with identifying, posing, and knowing when to use all problem types.
  • Become familiar with developmental levels (Level 1, Level 2, and Level 3) for solving single-digit addition and subtraction problems and how each level is critical as students move toward computational fluency.
  • Understand the role of representation in student learning; and expand the repertoire of and fluency with using representations.

Upcoming Class Dates & Locations

July 27-30, 2020 – Alverno

Number and Operations in Base Ten with Connections to Operations and Algebraic Thinking

Grade Level

K-2

Overview

This course explores the Number and Operations in Base Ten Domain of the Wisconsin State Standards for Mathematics and the development of place value in Grades K-2.

Goals

  • Deepen understanding of the structure of the base-ten number system based on the powers of ten (groups of ten as single entities or units).
  • Develop understanding that the position of digits within a number determines the specific group of tens it represents and that the groupings of ones, tens, and hundreds can be decomposed and recomposed in different but equivalent ways.
  • Become familiar with base ten strategies for addition and subtraction and understand the properties of operations that support the development of generalized algorithms.
  • Understand how to use place value ideas meaningfully when engaged in a variety of problem solving activities.

Upcoming Class Dates & Locations

July 27-30, 2020 – Alverno

Operations and Algebraic Thinking

Grade Level

3-5

Overview

This course explores the Operations and Algebraic Thinking Domain of the Wisconsin State Standards for Mathematics and extends participants’ knowledge and understanding of operations from addition and subtraction to multiplication and division.

Goals

  • Become familiar with the progression of standards for the Operations and Algebraic Thinking Domain across Grades 3-5.
  • Deepen understanding of the properties of, and relationships between, the different operations; in particular the inverse relationships between addition and subtraction and between multiplication and division.
  • Represent real-world and mathematical problems symbolically, and solve them using algebraic reasoning about properties of the operations involved.
  • Discuss challenges in classroom implementation of the OA standards and strategies for implementing these standards with fidelity (including the Standards for Mathematical Practice).

Upcoming Class Dates & Locations

July 13-16, 2020, UW-Oshkosh

Number and Operations - Fractions

Grade Level

3-5

Overview

This course explores the Number and Operations – Fractions Domain of the Wisconsin State Standards for Mathematics and focuses on deepening understanding and proficiency with fractions.

Goals

  • Become familiar with progression of standards for fractions across Grades 3-5.
  • Understand, represent, and explain the important ideas in CCSSM for unit fractions, fraction equivalence, comparing fractions, operations with fractions, and relationships between decimals and fractions.

Geometric Shape and Measurement

Grade Level

3-6

Overview

This course explores the Geometry Domain and Measurement and Data Domain of the Wisconsin State Standards for Mathematics and focuses on the instructional experiences students need in order to deepen their understanding of shape classification and measurement concepts.

Goals

  • Become familiar with the progression of standards for geometric shape and measurement across Grades 3-6.
  • Deepen understanding of the measurement process and how it applies to the attributes of length, area, angle measure, and volume.
  • Explore how geometry and measurement are coherently connected to other mathematical domains.

Upcoming Class Dates & Locations

July 8-11, 2019, UW-Oshkosh

Unveiling Math Milestones

Grade Level

K-8

Focus

Standards & Instruction

Overview

Be among the first to receive “Math Milestones,” a new tool developed by Dr. Jason Zimba, a Founding Partner of Student Achievement Partners and lead author of the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics. The Milestones bring the standards to life, putting a clear picture of the math in each grade on a single page. If you’re a teacher, principal, or coach, Dr. Zimba will show how to use this new perspective on math to improve learning in your school and classroom year upon year.

Goals

  • Gain a clearer understanding of what’s involved in teaching to state standards for their grade level.

  • Learn how you can use a new set of resources to improve mathematics instruction in your schools systematically year upon year.

Standards are an essential equity backstop, but the difficult and abstract language of standards can also obscure inequities in public education. Math Milestones can help ensure that historically underserved students and students experiencing poverty have access to – and equitable support for learning – the grade-level mathematics that is too often denied them.

Upcoming Class Dates & Locations

March 27, 2020 – Waukesha, WI

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