Teachers learn math best practices and activities in week-long training

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Guam – About 50 teachers from both the Guam Department of Education and the various private schools on island are participating in a week-long training on math literacy.

The 2018 Early Childhood Education Math Literacy training provides training for kindergarten through third grade teachers focused on building skills for early childhood education in the area of mathematics. Participants will learn how to encourage positive mathematical mindsets at a young age as well as take away hands-on activities to incorporate in the classroom.

Facilitator of the workshop and educational consultant Dr. Patricia Davis said that teachers will be conducting a deep-dive of best practices in mathematics instruction with a focus on multiple hands-on methods of teaching the youngest mathematicians. “We are working on mathematical standards and practices for kindergarten through third grade. We are understanding standards and how to go deep with students in terms of mathematical concepts so we’re doing a variety of activities, we’re learning math games, we’re learning about standards and we’re just have a good time learning math,” Davis added.

Among the many teachers attending the training, Manuel Ulloa Lujan Elementary School Kinder Teacher Dawn Topasna said, “Takeaways would be the ten frames in the classroom, composing and decomposing numbers within five and ten. I would build on what I’ve already implemented in the classroom and take what was provided to us and see how I can incorporate that in the class.”

This training is facilitated by the GDOE Division of Curriculum & Instruction and is funded through the GDOE Consolidated Grant from the US Department of Education.