- Teaching adding and subtracting
- Teaching multiplication and division
- Introducing decimals
- Appropriate Intervention
- Developing differentiated problems
Teaching adding and subtracting
This webinar demonstrates how to develop strong conceptual understanding of addition and subtraction from initial partitioning. It addresses common difficulties such as bridging or regrouping and introduces several effective strategies for students who have difficulties with traditional methods. Hands-on materials used include bundling sticks, MAB, pipe cleaners, number lines and tens frames. There is an emphasis on flexible and long-lasting strategies that will still work in high school with negative numbers, fractions and algebra. This webinar also includes a downloadable diagnostic test to use with students.
Teaching multiplication and division
This webinar is suitable for teachers from years 3-9. It focuses on using arrays to develop multiplicative thinking. It includes information on developing efficient strategies for multiplying multi-digit numbers and explains links between these strategies and later development of algebraic multiplication. It also demonstrates the commutative and distributive properties of multiplication using arrays. Teachers also have an opportunity to view videos of Year 6 students showing common misconceptions with multiplication and to discuss what they find. This webinar also includes a downloadable diagnostic test to use with students.
Decimal numbers can be one of the most difficult concepts to introduce. In this webinar Year 4-9 teachers will explore common misconceptions with place value, multiplication, and division and their impact on decimal fractions. They will also be introduced to three simple conceptual models that help with developing a strong understanding of proportions as well as with converting between fractions, decimals and percent. This webinar also includes a downloadable diagnostic test to use with students.
Often students who are most at-risk are given intervention that stops them accessing what we would all consider as great maths. In this webinar, teachers will consider:
- models that are commonly used but are ineffective (what to reconsider)
- quick strategies to implement for an immediate boost in results (easy, cheap and high-impact)
- conceptual change approaches for lasting gains
- issues at the school, teacher and student level
- collecting and tracking only data that is purposeful
Developing differentiated problems and extending the upper two bands
Differentiation can be very difficult to manage. In this highly-practical webinar teachers will learn how to differentiate without going crazy. Important elements include planning for multiple levels, keys for adding challenge to an existing problem, how to help struggling students without decreasing the challenge and tips for managing a class with many different levels.