Building A Strong Elementary Math Program

Teaching with Meaning and Motivation - 2 Day Seminar

Building a Strong Elementary Math Program is a 2-day course designed for K-5 teachers. The class provides a powerful model for creating an intensive mathematics program that will empower students to achieve the goals of standards-based curriculum.

Kim will address brain-based research and the NCTM (National Council of Teachers of Mathematics) Principals and Standards for School Mathematics in her presentation of effective management and teaching strategies.

Kim Sutton has designed her model for effective management using four areas of instruction and reinforcement. She will model focus activities that are short in duration but long on reinforcement of skills in each area. Telling time, money, computational review, and algebraic challenges can all be used to enrich correct math language and reinforce elementary math skills.

Kim also shares her philosophy of daily drill and practice facts using motivational ideas that give students access to basic arithmetic facts.

During the 2 days, Kim will model whole-class lessons that give students instruction with mathematical content. Literature and music will give teachers strategies for implementing brain-based research to meet all the diverse levels of performance within their elementary classrooms.

Teachers will also receive effective modeling of small group instruction. The class will include a critical set of measurement choice activities to enhance any weak area of assessment in the elementary curriculum.

Participants will experience Kim’s motivational style of instruction. Throughout the intensive workshop, teachers and attendees will learn the importance of creating a structured mathematical environment in the elementary classroom through rich visual, auditory, and hands-on experiences.

What You Will Learn:

  • Powerful model for Building a Strong Elementary Mathematics Program through hands-on experiences that are meaningful and motivational.
  • New mathematical knowledge in five areas of emphasis—numbers and operations, algebra, geometry, measurement, and data analysis & probability.
  • New children’s literature titles that are effective for mathematical content.
  • New and classic management treasures that assist in creating a visual connection to math content in the classroom.
  • Specific tools for mathematical content that are constructed by elementary students through masters included in the course manual.
  • How to utilize focus activities to review important math concepts.
  • New drill and practice ideas will be modeled using easily implemented tools.
  • Ideas for effective whole-class lessons that encourage participation by students of every ability level.

Who Should Attend?

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


Substitutions may be made at any time. All cancellations received the day of the seminar or afterwards are subject to a $15.00 service charge.

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 – details provided at the seminar. Verification of hours of participation will be provided for continuing education or re-certification requirements.

What To Bring

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