Course #18 Math K-6th Grade


Friday- March 10, 2017

Course #18 – Effective Math Tools for the Common Core Standards

by Cheryl Henjum, MA, Creative Mathematics, Arcata, CA

About the Speaker
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Cheryl Henjum, MA, has over 16 years of experience in the world of education as a teacher, Title I and Special Education Director, as well as a P-12 Administrator. Working with teachers and students of all socioeconomic levels, Cheryl’s experiences have allowed her to understand the different levels of learners and teachers within various school systems. Cheryl’s passion for mathematics evolved while in the classroom, but more so when leading and working teachers who were frustrated by students not being fluent in math.  Cheryl began teaching workshops over 5 years ago, believing and knowing that implementing hands-on activities, music and movement into the classroom not only proved to increase fluency, but it also increased teacher enthusiasm when teaching math! Cheryl has shared her journey and successes with many teachers, coaches, directors and administrators at local, state and national conferences. She currently works with various districts to help implement and drive math instruction using an effective RTI approach when teaching mathematics. Disclosure: Financial- Cheryl receives speaking fees from Creative Mathematics.  Nonfinancial- There are no nonfinancial relationships to disclose.

Target Audience (who should attend): K-6 Classroom Teachers, Elementary Math Teachers, Resource Room Teachers, Title 1 Teachers, Math Tutors and Coaches, Administrators and Curriculum Coordinators

Target Age Range: Kindergarten through 6th Grade

Course Description: What are the most important tools for teaching mathematics at the elementary level? It is easy to be overwhelmed by all of the commercial products out there. The right “math tools” can be a crucial part of the mathematics curriculum to reinforce problem solving and empower students. This is an exciting, hands-on workshop where you will build, use and understand amazing “math tools” designed to greatly improve your mathematical teaching. Teachers of grades K-6 will come away with helpful and motivating ideas for every area of the math content: number sense; algebra and functions; measurements and geometry; data analysis and probability; and mathematical reasoning.

Cheryl will focus on building correct math language through teaching experiences with the tools of mathematics. Literature links, songs and dances will be used to motivate students to learn intense math content. Teachers will construct many tools like angle makers, circle sizers, mirrors, number chat cards, place value pockets and math dictionaries. These materials include simple instructions for assembling in the classroom by the students. Throughout this course, Cheryl will share management strategies for successful use of “math tools” in the elementary classroom. Teachers will come away with new respect and understanding of the tools that are meaningful for students. Come and enjoy a truly wonderful mathematical experience!!

What to Bring:  Scissors, marking pens, scotch tape, glue stick, stapler and camera (optional).

What You Will Learn

Course Objectives– Participants will be able to:

  • Demonstrate how to construct and use effective “math tools”
  • Demonstrate games and strategies that help students learn the important content of mathematics
  • Adequately describe how to use children’s literature as a critical element for teaching mathematics
  • Demonstrate use of a “teacher tool kit” and “student tool kit” that builds mathematical understanding and personal responsibility
  • Demonstrate how to use songs and dances to teach math concepts

  • Describe how to use math dictionaries to teach correct math language
  • Demonstrate the use of fast and efficient progress monitoring tools and guides and how to use formative assessments through the use of math tools
  • Demonstrate how to build and use “math books” for repeated experiences of basic math facts


8:00-9:00 Construct the Place Value Pockets and learn the three important steps to place value success
9:00-10:00 Meet the Six Guiding Principles (the Big Ideas) of elementary math content
10:00-10:15 Break
10:15-11:00 Build the academic vocabulary for geometry.  Discover how to maximize the teaching of angles and attributes of polygons
11:00-12:00 Construct a math dictionary!  Utilize the power of patterns in your classroom
12:00-1:00 Lunch- On your own
1:00-2:00 How to teach properties of numbers with the number line and a hundreds chart. Visualize number sense with empty number lines
2:00-2:45 Let’s do a number chat!  Subitize, compose and decompose numbers
2:45-3:00 Break
3:00-4:00 Math Drills to Thrill!  How 5-9 minutes can improve math fact fluency in your classroom
4:00 Complete program evaluations