Be An Exceptional Math Teacher Workshop

Literature, Links and Developing Working Memory

Are you uncomfortable teaching math and understanding today’s content? Come experience an exciting, new class for teachers K-5 from one of the top mathematics teachers in North America. Kim Sutton will share strategies on how you can become an exceptional math teacher, because the teacher truly makes the difference in teaching mathematics. Textbooks don’t teach math, teachers do. What does it take? What does it look like? You will leave this class re-energized and ready to try these simple and effective ideas for being at the top of your game as a mathematics teacher! Kim will focus this class on ten powerful literature titles that will cover all grade levels and will make combining mathematics and literature another tool you can use with any curriculum. Kim will give you links for teaching the intensive content of the standards and amazing strategies to address the current lack of working memory in your students to help improve retention of information. Kim’s classes are always fast-paced and fun, and you will be challenged with ten new dice games for place value, basic facts, fractions and geometry! Kim brings more than 40 years of experience as an educator in elementary education and every teacher who attends will have a newfound understanding and comfort with current content. Watch Kim as she teachers you with the same joy and passion as she uses with her students – learn from a master educator. Teachers who attend classes with Kim receive great ideas and games they can use the next day, and skills for improved teaching methods. Take all this back to the classroom with you and become an exceptional math teacher! Get there early as we have lots to do for this exciting day!

What You Will Learn:

  • Ten new children’s literature titles that will spark interest in reading and math! Squeal with delight and hang on every word of math!
  • How to incorporate equation building and algebraic T-Tables with manipulatives and other tools!
  • How to incorporate mathematical vocabulary in fun ways! Students will be talking like mathematicians in no time!
  • How to play “MathWord” to build math vocabulary and mathematical confidence!
  • New ways to use the hundreds’ chart for higher level thinking and number sense properties!
  • How to make three new math books with your students!
  • New strategies to improve working memory and how that affects math skills like fluency and place value!

Program Highlights:

  • How to organize your instructional minutes to maximize the time you spend on mathematics to reach the intensity of the standards!
  • Link the content of the standards to what it looks like in the classroom.
  • Ways to incorporate new titles of children’s literature for interest, engagement and learning!
  • Ten new dice games for math fundamentals like place value, basic facts, fractions and geometry.
  • How to use visuals effectively in your classroom! Watch the transformation of your students as they become amazing mathematicians!
  • How to increase the working memory of each and every student! You will love the improvements you see every day with simple practice strategies!
  • Strategies for helping all students “generalize” about the math content that you teach. What you learn today and how it can be applied tomorrow! The ultimate in learning mathematics!
  • Cut, color and construct meaning with student-generated tools! Your students will be quick to ask, “What are we making today for math?”
  • What are the five traits for making a powerful mathematics teacher? That question will be answered with meaning and motivation.

Who Should Attend?

All K-5 Classroom Teachers, Resource Specialists, Curriculum Coordinators and Administrators should attend.

University Credit:

Credit from Humboldt State University is available for an additional charge. These credential/licensure courses offered are designed primarily for elective or professional development purposes. Clock hours may also be available – please check at the workshop.

What To Bring:

Scissors, marking pens, scotch tape, glue stick, stapler, hole punch and camera (optional).