Looking for a back-to-school professional development day? A conference session? A speaker for an event? Let us customize any of the following workshop topics to meet the need of your school, district, or county! All topics can be presented in a 50 minute, 75 minute, 3 hour, or a whole day (6 hour) session.
Our workshops are:
- Grounded in research and best practice
- Based on the 8 Standards for Math Practice
- Hands-on and engaging
- Full of ready-to-implement ideas and strategies
- Collaborative and fun!
Foundations of Number Sense: Addition and Subtraction
Feeling overwhelmed with all of the different ways to solve addition and subtraction problems in the 21st century? Why can’t we just do it the way we learned, with one answer and only one way to find it? Join Shannon to transform the way you think about solving addition and subtraction problems and helps you enable your students to explain their thinking in multiple ways. Participants will create a toolkit of strategies to help implement various means of solving addition and subtraction problems (3 ways plus the traditional, with concrete-pictorial-abstract means) in your classroom tomorrow.
Foundations of Number Sense: Multiplication/Division
Feeling overwhelmed with all of the different ways to solve multiplication and division problems in the 21st century? Why can’t we just do it the way we learned, with one answer and only one way to find it? Join Shannon to transform the way you think about solving multiplication and division problems and helps you enable your students to explain their thinking in multiple ways. Participants will create a toolkit of strategies to help implement various means of solving multiplication and division problems (3 ways plus the traditional, with concrete-pictorial-abstract means) in your classroom tomorrow!
Help students build strong conceptual understanding as you learn to implement fraction instruction based on a variety of visual models, concrete manipulatives, and hands-on activities. During this workshop, teachers will understand the progression of fraction instruction and learn how to build a foundational understanding of fractions before advancing to algorithms and abstract equations. Participants will leave with strategies for alternative methods of computing fractions and full collection of activities and games designed for purposeful practice.
Tired of the “one size fits all” approach to math instruction? Discover the alternative! Transform your classroom with Math Workshop, the balanced, student-centered approach to learning characterized by daily routines and centers. Math workshop provides an effective environment for developing lifelong mathematical reasoning skills. Participants will learn the key elements of an effective math lesson, the importance of daily use of manipulatives, and how to integrate game-based learning into current instructional practices. The result is instructional time that is focused, engaging, and full of opportunities for practical application of skills being taught. Participants will also leave with a variety of math games that can be easily differentiated and support the Common Core State Standards.
Numeracy Development with Number Talks
Once your students have memorized the 10 frame and can subitize like rockstars in one modality, what happens when you show 10 in a scatter or on the top row of a Rekenrek? If they go back to one-to-one counting, this workshop is for you! Join Shannon as she helps you change the way you think about numeracy development with young children. This foundational workshop will equip you to support your students as they learn to understand and explain their own thought processes, implement numeracy chats in the classroom, and discovery fun numeracy games and activities that can be implemented tomorrow!
Gain confidence while teaching word problems when you discover the power of model drawing! Armed with a step-by-step method of translating a word problem into a diagram or model, teachers will be able to help students recognize relationships between quantities and build deeper understanding so they can easily solve the problem. Participants will learn how to build competence in small steps by scaffolding these strategies for struggling students as they use these problem-solving techniques to build the foundation for algebraic thinking, even in early grades!
Fine & Gross Motor Development
In this training participants will learn about the fine and gross motor skill development and how it impacts the learning of young children. Participants will learning how to screen, pinpoint deficits and create fun interventions to help build these critical skills in development.
Let’s Get a Wiggle On: ADHD & Sensory Integration Development
Take an average student’s age and add two minutes to discover how long they can sit still. Now think about students who have difficulty sitting still and take away two minutes…yikes! Discover interventions that you can do in your classroom to proactively meet the needs these students and set them up for success. From Fidget Kits, Motor Grids, The Crate Exchange program, and more. Shannon will have you on your toes. Add in a make ‘n’ take and some classroom management apps and you will be part of the show!
Visualization & Visual Memory Grades K-2
Participants will learn how language, imaginative play, and visual motor play contribute to the normal development of visualization and visual memory. Teachers will be given fun practical activities that will help students with delays in developmental visualization and visual memory.