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Nimble Numeracy

Making Counting & Basic Arithmetic Automatic

A PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT WORKSHOP

by Phyllis E, Fischer, Ph.D.

Workshop: Nimble Numeracy

Where? When?

How much?

“How can I help my students who struggle with counting beyond ten?”

“Some of my students are really uncomfortable with numbers and arithmetic.  Is there a way to help them?”

Each participant will receive free copies of Dr. Fischer’s  Nimble Numeracy book and Speed Drills for Arithmetic Facts, a set of reproducible student activity sheets.

I.  Introduction

A. Problems students face in learning the base-ten language and symbol system

 B. A bit about the brain research relating to arithmetic skills

II. Teaching to automaticity the relationships among the base-ten conceptual understanding, symbol system, and language system, from 10 through thousands.  

 A. Vocabulary, materials, and activities for the tens, including bundling and unbundling

 B. Vocabulary, materials, and activities for the hundreds, including bundling and unbundling

 C.  Vocabulary, materials, and activities for the thousands, including bundling and unbundling

III. Activities for efficient manipulation of numerals and numbers

IV. Activities for developing automaticity and efficient strategies for calculating

 A. Skip counting strategies

 B. Efficient use of fingers and the nines patterns

V. Linking addition, subtraction, and missing addends and becoming automatic on the facts

VI. Linking multiplication and division and becoming automatic on the facts

VII. Linking division and fractional parts of whole numbers

Note:  The concepts and skills in this workshop are closely aligned with the Common Core State Standards for grades K – 2.  In particular, they address major parts of the Number & Operations in Base Ten and Operations & Algebraic Thinking standards for those grades.

The Day

8:00-8:30 Continental Breakfast

8:30-10:15  Parts I, IIA, IIB

10:15-10:30  Break

10:30-12:00  Parts IIC & III

12:00-12:45  Lunch

12:45-2:00   Parts IV & V

2:00-2:15  Break

2:15-3:15  Parts VI & VII

3:15-3:30  Closing Comments

6-hour professional development
Certificates of Attendance
 will be provided.

Most students quickly learn to count fluently within the first year or two of school.  But a significant number of students have learning difficulties that make this task challenging and troublesome.  Many also do not read fluently and cannot process written arithmetic easily, even though they may have good intuitive knowledge about math.  Dr. Fischer will show you techniques for helping those students.  Her materials are ideal for your at-risk students in RTI programs.

Dr. Phyllis Fischer, the author of Concept Phonics, as well as Nimble Numeracy and Speed Drills for Arithmetic Facts, holds a Ph.D. in Educational Psychology from the University of Minnesota and has more than 35 years of experience in research, teaching, and clinical practice. In this workshop, she presents her unique approach to teaching the number system and counting as oral and written language skills.

This full-day workshop focuses on two areas of early mathematics that are often troublesome for students with learning difficulties:

-- representing numbers in base ten orally and in writing, and

--becoming automatic at basic addition/subtraction and multiplication/division facts.

A participant comment:

“Phyllis Fischer is a knowledgeable, delightful speaker and presenter.”

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