Workshop Series

Playing with Numbers: Multiplication and Division

Upper elementary and middle school educators: Here’s your opportunity to learn how to play with numbers!

This workshop series underscores that math is about more than just “getting the answer,” but it’s about the thinking and reasoning that gets you to that point. Learn tools to help you and your students become confident problem solvers. Discover the possibilities of emphasizing the relationships between numbers and find the fun in learning flexible ways of completing calculations.

We’ll share strategies and resources that will give you an understanding of and build on your students’ prior math knowledge in a supportive space that allows you to play with these concepts, practice applying them with colleagues, and confidently implement them in your classroom.

We will focus on multiplication and division with multi-digit whole numbers, fractions, and decimals. 

Add to your teaching toolkit:

Representations with staying power

  • Flexible area model for multiplication 
  • Ratio table for multiplication and division 

Routines for sense making:

  • Number strings 
  • Strategy Harvests

Schedule & Details

Course Hours: 6 hours face-to-face time, 4.5 hours virtual time

We will meet once in person and then gather for 3 follow-up Zoom sessions to revisit and refine our understanding.

9:00-3:00 PM on Friday, December 6th (Snow date: Friday, December 13th); Follow up Zooms: Thursdays, January 9th, January 23rd, February 6th from 3:30-5:00 PM

MMSA Office (343 Water St, Augusta, ME 04330) & Online

Ideal grade levels: Grades 4-8 Educators. Available to all educators who are looking for a space to improve their own math understanding and flexibility with number relationships. 

Cost: $500

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