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What Kids Learn in Math Class that You Never Learned: Basics

A guide to the mystifying but effective strategies students are learning now, including Common Core math..
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Platform: Udemy
Video: 2h 0m
Language: English
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Are you struggling with some of the “new” approaches being taught now to math students? Are you a parent, or a teacher who struggles with teaching math, or an interested adult who wants to understand more about why these new approaches are being used?

This course addresses many of the foundational areas of math in the early elementary grades, from the concept of equivalence to using the distributive property in multiplying larger numbers. If you aren’t sure what the point of some of the strategies are, or your child says, “That’s not how my teacher said to do it,” or why certain strategies are taught when, this course is for you. 
The course, Basic Concepts, covers:
•Number sense and how to help it develop•The relationships of numbers to each other •The relationships of mathematical operations to each other•The concept of equivalence and how it’s taught to young children•Mental addition and subtraction strategies•Viral Common Core memes, and what we can learn from the math behind them•Connections between addition and multiplication, and subtraction and division•Different models for multiplying and dividing•Mental math tips for multiplying and dividing•Strategies for making even the hardest word problems easier to solveLessons are delivered in an easy-to-follow video format, with accompanying downloadable documents where they are useful, and for additional practice with the strategies. Answer keys are provided for problem sets too. Periodic quizzes help make sure you are on the right track.
You even get bonus activities to do at home with your children, and useful printed tips for making your own mental math easier!
This course can be used as a basic introduction for teachers, but it is not meant for in-depth professional development.

You will learn

✓ Understand and practice math strategies in current elementary and middle school math, especially those that were not taught in mainstream US education before the last 5-10 years.


• Notebook or journal, writing materials, printer (optional for handouts)

This course is for

• Parents who want to understand current approaches to teaching math
• Teachers who want a brief overview of some of the most effective basic math strategies
• This course is not intended to substitute for in-depth professional development for teachers.
Go-To Person for Elementary and Middle Math Education
My teaching career began in 2002, and my experience now includes teaching in public school and several high-caliber private schools. In these schools, I taught academic, artistic, and elective courses to kindergarten through seventh grade. During several summers, I participated in educational programs designed to assist students in inner-city and low-income populations. I have been working in group tutoring settings and tutoring privately since 2002 as well.
In 2005, I started teaching Singapore Math; since that time, I have taught and/or tutored every level of Singapore Math from kindergarten through eighth grade. I also consult with public and charter schools, train teachers around the country and in New York through BOCES, and offer parent workshops in this method. Parents regularly approach me to request private tutoring or special programs like math parties. 
Early in 2013, I began professional curriculum writing. I worked with Six Red Marbles as an editor and writer for their homeschool manuals for middle school Math in Focus. Then in May, I signed on as a part-time writer with Great Minds, as part of the team writing the Common Core math curriculum for New York State titled Eureka Math. As the standards are influenced heavily by Singapore Math, I found my teaching experience to be helpful in this process. When the curriculum was completed, I moved into offering professional development in implementing the curriculum. I also consulted with Engineeius as a writing team leader at the elementary and high school levels for STEAM after-school programs. 
Another of my passions is creative writing. In 2010, my students and I published an anthology of their stories At the same time, I also published my first book, Butterfly from the Sky. I have several other children’s and young adult books in process now.
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Platform: Udemy
Video: 2h 0m
Language: English
Next start: On Demand

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