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Math for Early Learners: June 5

Games that Build Fluency Through a Focus on Flexibility Grades PK-2

Not all games are equally useful in the math classroom. Sometimes flashcards and practice sheets masquerade and games. In this workshop we will use mathematically powerful fluency building games to uncover the qualities we need to look for in a game. Participants will play the games and leave with a folder of game rules and game materials.

Early Childhood Mathematics: Building a sense of number PK – 1

How do preschool children build a sense of number, and why do some children have a more robust sense than others? We will explore the ways a child engages in understanding numbers and ways that we can fortify this understanding in our preschool classrooms.

NOTE: The professional development workshop is aligned with the PK – 1 (PK – 2) standards. Teachers that attend outside of this grade band should understand that the experiences and discussions will center on the standards within the listed grade band. That being said, teachers one grade level below and above often gain ideas and strategies from attending. 

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Melissa Hosten has worked in education for more than 24 years, currently as a Co-Director at the University of Arizona Center for Recruitment and Retention of Mathematics Teachers. She has worked in schools across Arizona. She was a Math Specialist for the ADE and a Mathematics Standards Coordinator for MCESA. She has been a Grant Director for grants totaling 2 million dollars. She specializes in the areas of equity and access, and she is an active member of Arizona Math Leaders and the Arizona Association of Teachers of Mathematics. She was recently awarded the Copper Apple Award for Leadership in Mathematics and the UArizona Team Excellence award for service to the Arizona education community. Melissa has worked with early childhood math educators for the past 5 years in South Eastern Arizona as part of a summer workshop series.

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  • For questions regarding this resource, please contact Tucson Regional Educator Collaborative.
  • Contact Name: Alicia Durbin
  • Phone No: (520) 621-7511
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