Improving Concept Development Using Early Mathematics
Our philosophy can be summed up in one word: Interaction. People, both teachers and children, learn by doing. All our professional development offerings, activities for children and educational software are engaging, practical and hands-on.
Our model uses technology effectively to provide an alternative to the “one-day-and gone” format. We integrate online and face-to-face elements, and encourage participation from coaches and coordinators, supporting sustainable gains. Early Math concepts and research-based activities are introduced in small videos and animations. Teachers then implement and internalize concepts in an authentic setting.
Coaches and trainers’ workshops are also highly interactive. Participants observe and analyze videos of actual classroom teaching and engage in role-play and planning. Everything, start to finish, is designed to be immediately useful to teachers, children and those who support them.
What Teachers Say
I would like to say this [training] has been very informative for me as well as very helpful for me to teach math into my curriculum, the children got great joy out of learning new games, and counting the things they play with on a day-to-day basis. I would love to see this program someday be incorporated into regular Head Start as well….I LOVED the new math learning experience. I can say I think I was more excited than the children. Lol!!!
I felt [this workshop] was very effective in requiring teachers to think about improving concept development and instructional support for math skills in their classrooms. The online [training] was very easy to use and self explanatory.
Yo voy a cambiar la manera de planear mis actividades en todas las areas, sobretodo en Math. Ahora voy a tratar de extender un misma actividad hasta que los niños tengan el concepto de lo que yo quiero que aprendan bien definido.
[I will change the way I’m planning my activities in all areas, especially in Math. I will now try to extend the same activity until the kids get the concept I want them to learn.]
I observed a teacher individualizing math for the children in her classroom. They were using dice dots during a transition. The first few children rolled one die and counted the dots. When it was a more advanced student’s turn to roll the teacher said, “Let’s use two dice.” The child counted the dots on both dice separately. The teacher asked her to count them all together, which she did with assistance.
I have to say the Early Math Initiative has been a successful project for us. I really like the model that you’ve applied, i.e. teachers learn through videos and online instruction, and apply and practice the learned skills in the classroom, teachers get together, as what I call a learning community, to share ideas and experiences and reflect how they can do better, a coach goes into the classrooms, does targeted observations and provides reflective feedback, the knowledge and resources is passed on to families to ensure the continuity and family engagement. Now when I have seen the engagement of the teachers and experienced the model myself, I can try it with other initiatives!