Presented by Heather Sparks, NBCT 2009 Oklahoma Teacher of the Year. Improving Access to Mathematics: Strategies for Early Childhood. What makes math difficult?. Lack of prior knowledge Missing foundational skills Limited experiences with “doing” math “One right answer” approach
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Heather Sparks, NBCT2009 Oklahoma Teacher of the Year
Improving Access to Mathematics: Strategies for Early Childhood
Every day, provide meaningful math investigations
through manipulatives, games, puzzles, and stories.
Content example: Making Patterns
Every day, expect students to explain their
Content example: Counting backwards
Manipulatives should be available and integrated
into every math lesson.
Content example: Showing half
Snap cube measurement
Students should be taught specific strategies to
improve memory and understanding.
Content example: Coin Chants
Students should maintain a math journal to record
and store math resources.
Content example: Gallon map
Shape Flip Book
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