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Math for Early Learners: May 14, 2022

For this TREC webinar, we have partnered with the Center for Recruitment and Retention of Mathematics Teachers (CRR). We focus on both concepts of shape, space, sound, and symbol across mathematics, and reading/story-telling to develop problem-posing.

Math for Early Learners was a two-day webinar, with two sessions each day.  The above video is from the first day.

The recording of the second day can be viewed at https://trecarizona.org/resources/math-for-early-learners-may-21-vod/.

The Geometry of Letters

Young children learn letters, sounds, and numbers in much the same way — both as a symbol and an experience. Come and explore ways in which children can connect shape, space, sound, and symbol across mathematics and reading in a fun and engaging way.

Problem Posing in Preschool: Connecting Storytelling to Mathematics

Young children love to tell stories, and they learn the structure of stories by telling them. Come and explore ways that your learners can story-tell (problem pose) as young learners, supporting their development of part and whole, putting together, and taking apart.


Presented by: Melissa Hosten, who has worked in education for more than 25 years and is currently 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 6 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
  • Email Address: trecarizona@arizona.edu
  • For questions regarding this resource, please contact Center for Recruitment and Retention of Mathematics Teachers (CRR).
  • Phone No: 520-621-6866
  • Email Address: crr@math.arizona.edu