NCTM with Dr. Carrie Cutler

I had the opportunity to attend the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics Conference last week.  It was held here in San Antonio at our lovely Convention Center.  It was amazing to see thousands of educators from all over the country eager to learn math.  The sessions I attended focused mainly on grades Pre-K through 5th grade, although I was tempted to sit in on a discussion about  two-way ratio tables. 

 

One session that I attended on Friday was presented by Dr. Carrie Cutler @DrCarriecutler.  She is associated with the University of Houston with a focus on early childhood and elementary education.  Her session was tilted, Get a Move On: Movement-Infused Math for Preschool and Kindergarten with about 40 people in attendance.  During the hour we spent together, participants were laughing, talking, sharing, and even creating.  We went out into the hall to do an activity building shapes with construction tape!  She provided us with numerous ideas about how to get our little ones up and moving while learning math.  She gave great suggestions for low cost materials and ways to reuse items we probably already have.  In a time of increased pressure and stress, Dr. Cutler provided activities that are fun yet doable, challenging yet developmentally appropriate. 

 

This summer, Dr. Cutler will be one of our guest presenters at our Summer Expert Series.  She will be providing sessions for Pre-K through 3rd grade focusing on a variety of math topics.  I left her session at NCTM feeling empowered and excited about incorporating movement and math in early childhood.  Come take advantage of her knowledge and passion for math.  Go to our Upcoming Trainings link to see how to register.

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1st-3rd grade educators worked together to learn engaging ways to develop number sense. Students will develop fact fluency while playing games that use their number sense strategies. By learning their facts in this way, students are not merely memorizing, but rather learning to work with numbers flexibly.  “Low achievers are often low achievers not because they know less but because they don’t use numbers flexibly – they have been set on the wrong path, often from an early age, of trying to memorize methods instead of interacting with numbers flexibly.” Jo Boaler,  Stanford University, 2009

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