Garland Linkenhoger, our extraordinary math consultant, led two sessions with parents to Share the Well on the way in which we teach math with children in PreK2 and in grades 36. She provided a window into the types of learning experiences that happen daily to build students’ number sense and problem solving strategies relating to multiplication and division.
Here is the video of the session for grades 36: Parent University: Share the Well Math
The books that Garland mentioned at the end of the sessions as highlyworthy reads include:
 Young Mathematicians at Work: Connecting Number Sense, Addition, and Subtraction (PK – Grade 2)

Young Mathematicians at Work: Constructing Multiplication and Division (Grades 3 – 5)

Young Mathematicians at Work: Constructing Fractions, Decimals, and Percents (Grades 6 – 8)
“As children learn to recognize, be intrigued by, and explore patterns, as they begin to overlay and interpret experiences, contexts, and phenomena with mathematical questions, tools (tables and charts), and models…they are constructing an understanding of what it really means to be a mathematician–to organize and interpret their world through a mathematical lens. This is the essence of mathematics.” Young Mathematicians at Work: Constructing Number sense, Addition, and Subtraction by Fosnot and Dolk, 2001
“By constructing their own strategies and defending them, children are immersed in an investigation that involves mathematizing. Children are exploring ideas–fair sharing, equivalence, and common denominators; the connection between fractions, division, multiplication; common fractions–in relation to their own level of cognitive development. As children learn to recognize, be intrigued by, and explore patterns, and as they begin to overlay and interpret experiences, contexts, and phenomena with mathematical questions, tools, and models, they are constructing what it really means to be a mathematician. They are learning to organize and interpret their world through a mathematical lens. This is the essence of mathematics.” Young Mathematicians at Work: Constructing Fractions, Decimals, and Percents by Fosnot and Dolk, 2001
We look forward to Garland returning in February and hosting another Parent University in Math!
Hungry for more? Here are some additional resources for further reading:

YouCubed Relevant articles for parents and an invitation for a free online course through Stanford University that many MVPS teachers have taken and highly recommend.

Mental Math and Uncovering the Math Curriculum by Marilyn Burns

The Young Child and Mathematics by Juanita Copley

Building Mathematical Competencies in Early Childhood (video)

“Visual Reasoning Tools in Action” (article)
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