April 21, 2016

Math is More Than a Numbers Game

Math is more than a numbers game! Read this post to discover the key to math vocabulary instruction and to sign up for a free webinar with Laura Candler!
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Have you ever considered the importance of vocabulary instruction in math? If you think about it, success in math often hinges more on the ability to read and understand the language of mathematics than on the ability to perform mathematics computation. In other words ...

Math is more than a numbers game. 

Years ago, standardized tests consisted of page after page of computation, but today's math tests require students to read challenging word problems and understand precise mathematical terminology in order find  the solution. For example, upper elementary students who don't know the difference between factor and multiple or range and median are going to struggle to perform well on tests. Geometry is another area where accurate knowledge of the key vocabulary is closely tied to understanding of the essential concepts.

It's pretty clear that mastering the language of math is just as important as mastering math facts or being able to solve complex computational problems.

So what's the best way to teach math vocabulary? I can assure you that having kids is memorize words and definitions is NOT the way to go! Besides being extremely boring, rote memorization does not provide students with the opportunity to explore the complex nuances of meaning inherent in math terminology.

The good news is that the most powerful strategies for helping kids learn the language of math are also the most motivating and fun! Why? Because those methods encourage kids to TALK about math concepts and practice using the vocabulary correctly as they take part in hands-on activities and math strategy games.

April 13, 2016

Don't Miss the Teaching Resources Summer Conference!

Join Laura Candler and Pat Calfee in Virginia Beach this July for the Teaching Resources Summer Conference! You'll walk away with the tools and strategies to power up learning and ensure success for all students!
July 28 - 29, 2016
Virginia Beach, VA

"This teacher workshop went above and beyond my expectations. It was practical, tangible, and inspiring. The most valuable aspect was seeing the practical and effective strategies used to not only further education but make it a whole lot of fun. I truly enjoyed this - it was the best workshop I've had in 28 years of teaching!"  
With today's rigorous curriculum standards, teachers are expected to do more - and take students to a higher level of excellence - than ever before. Planning effective lessons and preparing the resources to meet these challenges can be exhausting! If only you had toolkit of teacher resources and strategies to reduce your planning time and put your students on a fast track to success.

Your wish will be granted if you attend the Teaching Resources Summer Conference in Virginia Beach this July! Pat Calfee and I are teaming up to offer you an exciting two-day event that's sure to get you pumped up and energized for the 2016-2017 school year.

We not only share WHAT to teach, we dive into best practices as we explore HOW to teach that content effectively.

The outcome? Your students will love to learn and will soar to success! 

If you join us for this event, you can look forward to...
  • Recharging your batteries with fresh teaching strategies 
  • Experiencing an exceptional networking opportunity
  • Exploring a wide variety of teaching tools to ensure success for ALL students 
The first day will be devoted to math, and the second day will focus on literacy strategies. Register for one day or both days together at a discount. We expect these sessions to fill up, so sign up now to reserve your spot and receive the early registration discount!

How to Register Now and Pay Later
Getting funds for professional development during the summer can be tricky because PD funds usually aren't available early in the summer. If that's the case for you and your principal is willing to pay your registration fee later, we have you covered!

If that's a possibility for you, download and fill out this Payment Authorization Form, then ask an administrator to sign it. Next, head over to Teaching Resources to register online for one or both days of the conference. When you register, choose the Pay by Check option. Then send the form to us instead of sending a check. You'll be able to attend the conference at the end of July and pay at the door or send us a school check in August!