What project participants are saying ...
"Attending the K-2 Math Project days this year has greatly enhanced my classroom practices. It has made me more mindful of my instruction and enabled me to incorporate and set up more math routines into my classroom. The Project days have also helped me to develop more rich tasks and problem solving based work that my current curriculum was lacking. I would really recommend that my colleagues attend the Project days next year." Regina Barrett, LS Math Specialist
"As a teacher in a ICT classroom, I am constantly looking for ways to further support my struggling students. Learning about the different multiplication clusters has helped guide my own thinking, as well as planning process, so that I can help to reinforce the skills that my students are lacking. I have been able to help my students improve their multiplication fluency by teaching them strategies such as halving, doubling, double-double, etc. Furthermore, the knowledge that I gained during the first session has helped me to see math, multiplication specifically, in a more conceptual way. I find myself almost daily referring back to the anchor chart that displays the clusters and strategies." Jessica Volpe, 5th Grade Teacher
"My attendance at these sessions has been incredibly helpful. I have gained a deeper understanding of how students learn and represent mathematics. I have also learned so many great strategies and activities I can use in my classroom - salient ways to teach multiplication facts, geometry talks to get students thinking flexibly about shapes, etc. I particularly enjoyed today’s emphasis on open-ended problems and higher-order tasks, and am eager to implement them in my classroom. I think they will provide a great intellectual challenge for my 4th grade students!" Ariel Pick, 4th Grade Teacher
"The Project days have impacted my understanding of the Common Core Learning Standards for Mathematics and my classroom practices by shaping the way I now see the role of the teacher and the role of the student. Over the course of the Project days I learned the importance of allowing students time for productive struggle. In order to do this the teacher needs to supply rigorous open ended questions and build a toolkit for students of different problem solving strategies. The importance of making sure to incorporate conversations between students to justify their thinking and solutions while using math vocabulary has also been highlighted throughout the sessions as we worked on problems with a partner or small group. Finally, my understanding of the importance of connecting skills across units and making connections that build on previous learning instead of throwing out old ways and learning new ways has grown". Ashley O’Connor, 4th Grade Teacher
"Coming into a new grade's curriculum this year, and using a new format of teaching math (Guided Math Rotations) that I wasn't used to was a little challenging at first to fully understand and teach. By coming to the K-2 Math Project I have gained confidence in learning about the CCLSM and how to teach my students using more open-ended tasks that involve higher-thinking. I now feel confident teaching number talks, teaching my new geometry unit, and being able to use manipulatives and resources with my students in order to help them better understand the concepts I am teaching." Jessica Warren, 1st Grade Teacher
"Attendance at the Project Days has impacted my understanding of the Common Core Learning Standards for Mathematics in an extremely positive way. Nicola’s organization and way of explaining the Standards made it very easy to understand. Being in a new grade this year has had its challenges, but learning and then trying out strategies (fraction models, for example) gave me a strong understanding of material that was new to me. Watching videos of teachers doing some of the activities was also really helpful. I also enjoyed playing the different math games and doing the math tasks before going back to my class and using them with my students. Overall, I got a much better understanding of the Common Core in Math and thoroughly enjoyed these PD days!" My understanding of how students develop number sense has evolved greatly today! I now have a more in depth understanding of number sense and different counting strategies which was not in any past curriculum such as the difference between counting all, counting on, doubles and making ten. This will impact the way I plan rekenrek sessions, math centers and my expectations for students’ explanations of their thinking." Julie Stone, 3rd Grade Teacher
"My understanding of how students develop number sense has evolved greatly today! I now have a more in depth understanding of number sense and different counting strategies which was not in any past curriculum such as the difference between counting all, counting on, doubles and making ten. This will impact the way I plan rekenrek sessions, math centers and my expectations for students’ explanations of their thinking." Tara Seiden, Kindergarten Teacher