Learner FIRST Center for Mathematics
Tools for Math Small Group Instruction -Scaffolding and Extending Students' Conceptual Understanding
April 12, 14, 19, 21, 26, 28, 2021
Target Audience: Grades 4K-5 Teachers, Special Educators, EL Teachers, Instructional Coaches
Small group instruction allows teachers to understand their student’s instructional strengths and areas of need. This allows teachers to tailor lessons that meet students where they are along their journey of learning and understanding mathematical concepts. Individualized attention towards students boosts confidence and provides an environment where students feel comfortable with risk-taking, asking questions and receiving feedback to their learning. This series will provide teachers with many tools to build their “tool box” to meet the needs of the diverse learners in their classrooms through small group instruction.
Shelly Daun and Amanda Ironside have many years of experience working with teachers to successfully meet the diverse mathematical needs of their students by providing teachers with increased knowledge of how students learn math and what teachers can do to move their students along a continuum of deeper understanding. During this series, Amanda and Shelly will share practical small group instructional tools and activities that teachers can use instantly in their classroom to leverage student success and conceptual understanding of various mathematical concepts.
Shelly Daun has over 25 years of professional experience in public education. Currently, she is the Director of Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment for the Menasha Joint School District located in Wisconsin. She has been an instructional leader and administrator for most of her career in education focusing on systems change and school-wide reform. She has worked in large suburban and high poverty school districts in Northeast Wisconsin.
Shelly has led school districts in district level and school improvement utilizing a systems approach to school improvement. All with a curriculum design that focuses on analyzing student data, developing standards and assessments, implementing research-based instructional pedagogy, honoring student equity, leadership development, and creating sustainability action plans. She has had success with developing and implementing school reform and improvement plans when schools are identified as needs improvement at the state level. Shelly is well versed in standards, assessment, K-12 literacy and mathematics instruction, equitable multi-level systems of support for students, Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) requirements, and leadership development.
Amanda Ironside has 20 years of experience in public education in which she has enjoyed working as an elementary teacher, math interventionist, gifted & talented teacher and instructional coach. Currently, she is the Gifted & Talented Coordinator for the Menasha Joint School District located in Wisconsin. Amanda is an instructional leader, focusing on curriculum development and enhancing educational pedagogy in order to meet the diverse needs of all students.
Amanda has extensive experience coaching and collaborating with teachers and students so that their unique academic and instructional needs are met through extensions and support when appropriate. Through coaching and collaborating, she shares research-based strategies and aids in developing instructional plans based on best practice. She is an innovator in her district, providing professional development in multiple disciplines and at all grade levels.