Making Math Equitable through Visual Models

Workshop Series

EVENT DETAILS

Classmates

October 12, 19, 26, and November 2, 2022

School Teacher

TIME

5:00 - 6:00 pm Central Time

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Session Occurs on Zoom

$299/person

DATE

LOCATION

COST / REGISTER

Recorded Access Until January 31, 2022

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During this four-part series, participants will explore several visual models, learn about the developmental progression of each model, and will gain experience with digital tools and practical activities that can be used instantly to increase equity, engagement and conceptual understanding of early mathematical concepts. 

Jackie Amato brings 33 years of experience in public education serving as a classroom teacher, math interventionist, teacher of gifted & talented students, instructional coach, math coach, and K-12 math coordinator. Jackie also serves as a Math Recovery and Math Learning Center Leader providing professional development to educators across the nation.  Jackie enjoys collaborating with teachers to improve student achievement through a student-centered coaching approach.

Presenter

Jackie Amato

Jackie Amato

Jackie Amato brings 33 years of experience in public education serving as a classroom teacher, math interventionist, teacher of gifted & talented students, instructional coach, math coach, and K-12 math coordinator. Jackie also serves as a Math Recovery and Math Learning Center Leader providing professional development to educators across the nation. Jackie enjoys collaborating with teachers to improve student achievement through a student-centered coaching approach.

Session Details

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Session 1

What the Heck’s a Rekenrek?

In this session, participants will learn the power of using visual models to support the development of number sense and problem solving.  Teachers will explore the use of the first featured model, the rekenrek or sometimes referred to as the bead rack.

Teacher Helping Student

Session 3

Frames

Participants will explore the use of  five-frames, ten-frames and double ten-frames as a way for students to “see” numbers from 0-20, allowing students to use the structure of 5 and 10 to represent numbers and compute with frames. Over time, students are able to “subitize” or instantly recognize quantities without having to count and ultimately increase flexibility and fluency of basic facts.

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Session 2

Number Lines

Number lines are one of the most powerful yet underused models in mathematics.  Participants will learn many uses of this visual model from basic counting strategies to higher level problem solving strategies for addition & subtraction, multiplication, and fractions.

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Session 4

Arrays, Ratio Tables and Number Lines for Multiplication & Division

In this session, participants will learn how to use three different visual models to promote multiplication and division strategies to 1,000 using Array or Area Models, Ratio Tables and Number Lines. Participants will learn the developmental progression from basic counting strategies to more efficient strategies such as using the distributive property and partial products.