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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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presented by heather sparks nbct 2009 oklahoma teacher of the year
Presented by

Heather Sparks, NBCT2009 Oklahoma Teacher of the Year

Improving Access to Mathematics: Strategies for Early Childhood

what makes math difficult
What makes math difficult?
  • Lack of prior knowledge
  • Missing foundational skills
  • Limited experiences with “doing” math
  • “One right answer” approach
  • “Permission” to be “bad” at math
  • Others?
strategies 1 constant exposure to meaningful math
STRATEGIES:1. Constant exposure to meaningful math

Every day, provide meaningful math investigations

through manipulatives, games, puzzles, and stories.

Content example: Making Patterns

Roller Derby

strategies 2 allow students to verbalize their thinking
STRATEGIES:2. Allow students to verbalize their thinking

Every day, expect students to explain their

thinking.

Content example: Counting backwards

Loose caboose

strategies 3 provide for meaningful use of manipulatives
STRATEGIES:3. Provide for meaningful use of manipulatives

Manipulatives should be available and integrated

into every math lesson.

Content example: Showing half

Snap cube measurement

strategies 4 help students develop bridge tools
STRATEGIES:4. Help students develop “bridge” tools

Students should be taught specific strategies to

improve memory and understanding.

Content example: Coin Chants

Finger Multiplication

strategies 5 create reference resources
STRATEGIES:5. Create “reference” resources

Students should maintain a math journal to record

and store math resources.

Content example: Gallon map

Shape Flip Book

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