With Dr. Jennifer Bay-Williams
Dates: February 22, 29, March 7, 14
Target Audience: K-8 Educators and Math Interventionists
Fee: $75/$125 (Level 1/Level 2)
No cost for BSSD, LKSD and YKSD educators
One optional university credit: $164
Mastering the basic facts for addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division is an essential goal for all students. Most educators also agree that success at higher levels of math hinges on this fundamental skill. But what’s the best way to get there? Are flash cards, drills, and timed tests the answer? If so, then why do students go into the upper elementary grades (and beyond) still counting on their fingers or experiencing math anxiety? What does research say about teaching basic math facts so they will stick?
Session 1: The ‘Basics’ of Effective Basic Fact Fluency Instruction
We can do better than we have traditionally done to ensure every child learns and retains their basic facts. This session introduces fundamentals that must be in place if we are to make this a reality!
Session 2: A Games-based, Strategy-focused Fluency Plan: Part 1: Foundational Facts
The sequence we use for learning facts matters! Today, we will explore all the Foundational Fact Sets. Join in as we explore visuals and stories to highlight number relations, play games that provide enjoyable and meaningful practice, and examine a collection of useful assessment tools for determining when these fact sets are learned.
Session 3: A Games-based, Strategy-focused Fluency Plan: Part 2: Derived Fact Fluency
This session picks up where the last one left off – students have learned their foundational fact sets and now are ready to learn reasoning strategies to master the remaining facts! In this session you will learn to prepare paired stories and quick looks to help students make sense of strategies, engage in more games, and explore useful ways to assess facts and strategies.
Session 4: Engaging Families in Fact Fluency
There are many ways to engage with families so that they understand your fact fluency plan and so that they can support it. In this session, we will explore ideas for Back-to-School nights, homework, and other strategies for helping your families help their children master the facts.
Jennifer Bay-Williams is a mathematics teacher educator at the University of Louisville, Kentucky, and focuses on helping teachers and students attain basic fact fluency while also developing strong mathematical identities. Bay-Williams is a national leader in mathematics education, having served as a member of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) Board of Directors, president of the Association of Mathematics Teacher Educators (AMTE), lead writer for the Standards for Preparing Teachers of Mathematics (AMTE, 2017), and member of TODOS: Mathematics for ALL. She has written various mathematics teaching books including Elementary and Middle School Mathematics: Teaching Developmentally and the three-book series Teaching Student-Centered Mathematics.