Mathematics Beyond Arithmetic

1-Day Seminar

Arithmetic is crucial to teaching mathematics in the elementary classroom but what comes after that? Many teachers struggle with how to effectively build in problem solving and math content to teach math skills with mathematical thinking and understanding. Kim Sutton's new class, Mathematics Beyond Arithmetic, for teachers K-5, will share powerful problem solving strategies in her approach to motivating students mathematically.

Kim's new class addresses the NCTM Principles and Standards for School Mathematics to teach the content of number & operations, algebra, geometry, measurement, and data analysis & probability. Kim will model using diagrams, looking for patterns, listing possibilities, trying special values or cases, working backward, guessing and checking, and creating a simpler problem. Kim will share her "magical" approach to developing an umbrella of patterns over the total mathematics curriculum. Kim will highlight powerful literature, songs and centers that creates the vision of a problem solving classroom!

What You Will Learn:

  • Building new mathematical knowledge through problem solving.
  • How to solve problems that arise within mathematics and in other areas of the curriculum.
  • 10 titles of powerful children's literature you should incorporate as tools for problem solving.
  • Management "treasures" to assist teachers in incorporating problem solving in the elementary classroom.
  • Tools for mathematical problem solving that build understanding, independence, and personal responsibility.
  • Create a bank of mathematical language and build a "Math Word Wall" that can be used for communication in problem solving situations.
  • Powerful "visual tools" to encourage constant learning from the walls of the classroom.
  • How to generate meaningful problems from classroom situations to create learning opportunities.
  • Place students into situations where they can reason and think at the highest 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 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 – please check at the workshop. 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).