Flexible Thinking: Supporting Student Number Sense in the Elementary Mathematics Classroom

Grades K-2: July 11-12, Richmond
Grades 3-5: July 13-14, Richmond

Gain insight into the power of growing students’ thinking and confidence in how they see and work with quantities.

Is it possible to be “flexible” when thinking about mathematics? What does it mean when we say number sense and why is it foundational for all other math? You will leave the session with:

  • teacher and student strategies to deepen students’ number sense
  • practice and receive routines, structures, strategies, and activities that will build and extend students’ critical mathematical thinking skills related to the Kentucky Academic Standards for Math
  • ideas on how to structure the first weeks of math instruction to support students’ number sense
Audience: Math teachers and coaches grades K-5

Schedule: 15 hours of PD credit
K-2: July 11-12, 9am-4pm EST (in-person in Richmond)
3-5: July 13-14, 9am-4pm EST (in-person in Richmond)
Two additional 90-minute sessions during the 2022-23 academic year (fall semester, dates/times to be set at July meetings). The virtual sessions will be a professional learning opportunity to discuss and share any strategies, activities, and routines that have been implemented in the classroom. Student misconceptions and next steps to continue numbers sense development will be other areas of focus. 

Facilitator: Meghan Althauser, Madison County Elementary Teacher
Meghan is currently a teacher in Madison County and has taught math in fifth and third grades. She received her Elementary Mathematics Specialist Endorsement from WKU in 2017. She also received her master’s degree in Gifted Education and Talent Development at WKU in 2019. She is involved in many initiatives within her district and school to support teacher development. Specifically, she is involved in her district and school’s work with Math Design Collaborative (MDC) and Continuous Classroom Improvement (CCI). Meghan has also facilitated other professional developments that have focused on topics such as number talks, assessments, fraction misconceptions, rigor in math instruction, and technology.

Cost: $300 per person Early Bird rate through May 31 ($350 after)

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    Cost: $ 300.00
    July 11-12, 9:00am-4:00pm EST

    Cost: $ 300.00
    July 13-14, 9:00am-4:00pm


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