Math Anywhere – Online Series

The Children’s Council of Skagit County and Snohomish County Early Learning Coalition are offering the opportunity to become trained in Math Anywhere!

STARS hours now available!

These are online classes via Zoom. You do not need a Zoom account to participate.

Each session will be offered twice – once in the morning from 9:00 -11:00am and once in the afternoon from 1:00 – 3:00pm. You can choose which time works best for you. Session 1 is the overview of Math Anywhere and is a pre-requisite for the Session 2-4 deep dives. While the first sessions on June 9 provide an overview and are open to the first 100 people who register, the remaining deep dive sessions are limited to 30 participants each. Participating in one or more of the deep dive sessions on June 16, 23 or 30, requires a commitment to provide one or more sessions using what you learn and the materials we will provide to you after the session. These train-the-trainer sessions will allow you to conduct learning groups with children and adults, virtually or in person. We will ask you to report back to us by December 15, 2020 about the number of sessions provided and the number of adults and/or children who participated. Training colleagues, parents and other care givers, or providing learning opportunities for children are acceptable. More information regarding this commitment will be given in the deep dive sessions.

Registration: There are two separate registration processes. The first is for Session 1 (overview). The second registration process lets you select which deep-dive (sessions 2-4) sessions to attend. Although it is encouraged, you do not have to participate in each deep dive session. When registering, if the session option is not showing, that means it is full. Session options will be removed as soon as they hit maximum capacity.

Session 1 Register HERE

Sessions 2-4 Register HERE

Session 1: Math Anywhere! Invite Math Play into Every Day
Date: June 9th
Times: 9:00-11:00 OR 1:00-3:00 (2 hr AM session repeated in PM)
Session Capacity: 100 in each AM and PM session

Description: Is “playful” the first word that comes to mind for you when you think of mathematics? Many of us experienced math as the opposite of playful, but in reality there is a vital connection between play and math learning. This session will provide an overview of the Math Anywhere! strategies for inviting math thinking and talk into everyday situations and creating optimal conditions for mathematical play. We will have a little fun trying these ideas out ourselves and leave with resources to share with others.
●  Welcome and Introductions
●  The relationship between play and mathematics
●  What can grownups do to foster math learning?
●  Math prompts. you can use anywhere

Deep Dive Sessions:

Session 2: How Many? Noticing and Talking about Quantity
Date: June 16th
Times: 9:00-11:00 OR 1:00-3:00 (2 hr AM session repeated in PM)
Session Capacity: 30 in each AM and PM session

Description: This session will focus on Math Anywhere! activities designed to elicit conversations about quantity. Learn about the resources that inspired us and engage with some of the free resources we have created. We will uncover the important math thinking that happens when we engage in How Many? conversations or ask children to hunt for quantities. After trying a few activities out together, you will leave equipped and inspired to share these resources with others.
●  Welcome and Introductions
●  What is quantity?
●  Prompts to inspire noticing quantity
●  What can grown-ups do to foster quantitative thinking

Session 3: Find Shapes: Exploring Geometry in our Landscapes
Date: June 23rd
Times: 9:00-11:00 OR 1:00-3:00 (2 hr AM session repeated in PM)
Session Capacity: 30 in each AM and PM session

Description:This session will focus on Math Anywhere! activities designed to elicit conversations about shape. Math is all around us, but often goes unnoticed- especially by grown-ups who have learned to tune color and form and sound out in our environment, and focus our attention more narrowly. We will try some activities together and share resources for educators, caregivers, and families.
●  Welcome and Introductions
●  Noticing what children notice
●  Prompts to inspire noticing shape
●  What can grown-ups do to foster thinking about shape

Session 4: Same or Different? Yes!
Date:June 30th
Times: 9:00-11:00 OR 1:00-3:00 (2 hr AM session repeated in PM)
Session Capacity: 30 in each AM and PM session

Description:Many people profess a love of math because it is “predictable” and there is always “one right answer.” But, inviting a little ambiguity into our questions creates space for multiple right answers and richer conversations. We will explore resources and strategies that can help grown-ups embrace ambiguity and enjoy the surprises childrens’ thinking can hold.
●  Welcome and Introductions
●  Attributes and mathematical actions
●  Rethinking right answers
●  What can grown-ups do to foster comparing and sorting