About Developing Roots
DEVELOPING ROOTS contains four major content areas: Number, Measurement, Geometry, and Operations.
These content areas deepen the mathematical understanding the child experiences at the Pre-School level and build new meaning of concepts by providing real-life contexts 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 uniquely 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 is a process begun by creating 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!
You have a unique opportunity to participate in an workshop that will introduce you to Mathodology’s brand new curriculum Developing Roots. 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; last, they reflect on their learning through the use of a student think!Pad.
You’ll see the way lessons spiral and methods are offered in order to develop your own abilities to differentiate
Expect to learn new ideas for creating centers and shelf work in your classroom that support and assist in developing an ideal learning culture. You will hear from teachers that 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.
Expect to learn the whys and the hows behind the mathematics during the foundational years. Be prepared to take a fresh look at assessment and how to translate student work into evidence of learning. By the end of these three days, you’ll be inspired and excited to apply your new ideas and tools, making mathematics in your classroom come alive for your students.