About Developing Roots
DEVELOPING ROOTS contains four major content areas: Number, Measurement, Geometry, and Operations.
These content areas deepen the mathematical understanding a child experiences at the Pre-School level and help to build new meaning of concepts by providing real-life context in the form of lessons and activities. Emphasis has been placed on the exploratory method and learning is driven by hands-on experiences. Presentation styles include whole group and small group lessons with follow-up opportunities designed as independent or small group tasks or work centers. Children are challenged to develop reasoning, communication, and reflection skills.
Guidance is provided to teachers as the big ideas are outlined, background knowledge is explained, misconceptions and anticipated responses are identified, and assessment opportunities are suggested for each of the content areas. Students think!pads and activity packs supplement the teacher guide and teacher activity pack to support each of the lessons. Suggested pacing provides a year-long curriculum filled with rich math content and inviting student work.
Building thinkers begins when we create a unique learning culture in the classroom. Student responsibility and joyful engagement develop positive and successful attitudes in our aspiring young mathematicians.
Professional Development Opportunities
A new, exciting and innovative approach to teaching mathematics in the Kindergarten and Pre-Kindergarten years!
A unique opportunity exists to participate in a workshop that will introduce you to Mathodology’s brand new curriculum Developing Roots. You’ll work alongside the authors to see how lessons were developed and understand how each supports the ways our young mathematicians think and learn. Each lesson incorporates a three-part format—first, students explore a given task; next, they practice through a hands-on activity; finally, they reflect on what they learned by using a student think!Pad.
You’ll see the ways in which lessons spiral and how methods are offered in order to develop your own abilities to differentiate tasks to meet every one of your students where they are. You’ll see how your classroom can transform into an environment filled with inviting activities that inspire the natural curiosity and love for learning mathematics. That’s incredibly exciting!
You will leave with brand new ideas for creating centers and shelf work in your classroom that will support and assist in developing an ideal learning culture. You will hear from teachers who are currently working in the program. You’ll study a variety of lesson formats that include small groups, whole group, and partner work that foster student communication through conversation, collaboration, and journaling.
The why and the how behind mathematics during the foundational years is especially prominent in our program. Prepare yourself to take a fresh look at assessment and how to translate student work into evidence of learning. When your three days are complete, you’ll be inspired and excited to apply your new ideas and tools, and to make mathematics in your classroom come alive for your students.