What the Heck? A Rekenrek?

A Rekenrek is a math tool that is used to teach a range of strategies for addition and subtraction. It encourages students to work with the structure of five, and making tens, which leads to fluency to ten and twenty. It is listed on Engage NY as one of the concrete models to use in the modules found in "A Story of Units." Each participant will make a class set of student Rekenreks and learn how to effectively use them with their students. The Rekenrek has become a key tool for teachers in the Netherlands, one of the top performing countries in math education in the world. Learn what makes this mathematical model so compelling for young learners, and so powerful for the development of their mathematical understanding!

Dates: 8/26/2014
Time: 8:30am - 3:00pm
Location: NYSUT Office, Kingston, NY
Audience: Grades 1 and 2, AIS and Special Education Teachers
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Fluency to 1,000 with Addition and Subtraction as it Relates to the Common Core Math Standards

The goal of this training is to develop teachers' understanding of addition and subtraction, with the integration of the standards for mathematical practice, as they relate to the Common Core. The focus will be on using efficient, accurate and generalizable methods to compute sums and differences of whole numbers to 1,000. We will demonstrate a variety of mental strategies that are based on the constructivist approach and lead to fluency to 10, to 20, to 100, and to 1,000. Strategies, tools and representations will include: rekenreks, hands, bead strings, open number lines, using place value and decomposing numbers. We will be using a variety of media and activities to demonstrate best practices.

Dates: 8/28/2014
Time: 8:30am - 3:00pm
Location: NYSUT Office, Kingston, NY
Audience: Grades 2 and 3, AIS and Special Education Teachers
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These two workshops have been posted on MyLearningPlan.com through the MHTC. If you are interested, you should register ASAP. These workshops are filling up fast.